There’s something about the chirping birds, warming weather, and budding tulips that makes us want to clean house. For some reason, the changing season inspires us to throw open the windows, lighten up the bedding, dust everything, and make the house feel as fresh as the spring breeze outside.
Traditional spring cleaning might involve some attention to some often-overlooked areas like fan blades, baseboards, or window blinds. However, there are some areas of your home that need some cleaning that you might not think about. Most of them you can’t see but all of them will help prolong the life of some of the vital systems in your home.
BATHROOM, KITCHEN, AND ATTIC EXHAUST FANS
These fans work behind the scenes every day to help keep your home ventilated. From removing odors and moisture to circulating the air, your home fans work hard and could use a little TLC. If they’ve never been serviced, now might be a great time to lube them up with a little machine oil, clean the fan blades of any dust and grime, and take a vacuum hose to the vents to remove dirt and dust that may have accumulated there. This should keep them happy and working properly years down the road.
AIR RETURNS AND VENTS
Similarly, your air returns and vents work hard to keep your home well-ventilated and keep air circulating. Clean vents mean that you will have cleaner air circulating through your home. Check floor vents for items that may have fallen inside and you may even want to send a vacuum hose down to clear out dust and debris that may have fallen as well. Additionally, it’s important to check your air return vents to be sure those are unrestricted and clean of dust and dirt. All of these spring cleaning items will help to keep your HVAC system working properly and efficiently all season long.
The best way to save your furnace from undue wear and tear is to regularly check the furnace filter to make sure it’s clean. Simply pull the filter out of the furnace and hold it up to the light. If you can’t see light through it, it’s dirty and needs to be replaced. Filter replacement is relatively inexpensive and can save years on your furnace’s life. Think about it like this: how much harder do you have to work to take a deep breath if you’re breathing through a straw? Similarly, if dirt, dust, pet hair, and other particles in your filter are blocking airflow, it makes it hard for your furnace to “breathe.” If your furnace isn’t getting proper airflow, it has to work harder, straining all of the vital components in your system. Checking your filter is a quick spring clean checklist stop that could save you a lot of money down the road! It's good practice to check your filters every 1-3 months to see how they look and replace if needed.
Speaking of home appliances that need to breathe, your outside air conditioner condenser unit also needs plenty of space to do its job. If you’ve covered your outside A/C unit for the winter, make sure you uncover it before turning on the air conditioning for the spring. If the unit has become covered in branches, yard clippings, weeds, or any other obstructions, make sure these are removed as well so the unit can function effectively. Make sure any wood piles, toys, yard implements, or anything else aren’t obstructing airflow to the air conditioner so it’s ready for action this spring and summer when the weather heats up!
SPIGOTS AND FAUCETS
Another leak hazard that often goes overlooked are the spigots on the outside of your home. Prone to freezing and breaking, these pipes and spigots see the very most extreme weather conditions—and the most extreme treatment. They can be damaged by lawn mowers, trimmers, or other yard tools and abused by kids looking for summer amusement. Therefore, it’s always a great idea to check on your outdoor lines to make sure they aren’t cracked, broken, or leaking.
A leaking or broken outside line or spigot could lead to serious damage to your property, if left unchecked. From wasted water and higher water bills to damaged foundations and flooded basements, this is another simple check you can perform that could potentially save you a lot of time, money, and stress.
OUTSIDE POWER LINES
Before you trim tree limbs and shrubs, make sure there are no power lines hiding behind them. If you are concerned about tree limbs growing on or around overhead power lines on your property, call your local utility provider. Or, just perform a thorough visual inspection of the area to make sure you won’t be damaging or interfering with any overhead power lines.
UNDERGROUND LINES WHEN DIGGING
With over 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, lines are literally everywhere! Underground utility lines like power and phone lines are just as dangerous as overhead power lines, and since you can’t see them, it’s almost impossible to know where they are. If your spring plans involve digging of any kind, like digging up ground for a garden or planting a tree, make sure you call 811 to confirm that it’s safe to dig in that area. For more information, go to http://www.call811.com.
Posted: March 30th, 2018 @ 12:00am by tammy