There’s no avoiding it if you’re a homeowner—the Spring cleaning list. You probably already have a lengthy annual checklist to begin to take care of now that winter is at its close. One question to ask, however, is if you have home performance, indoor air quality and home energy maintenance items included on that Spring cleaning list. These are extremely important items for this time of year when it comes to ensuring your home is as comfortable as it can possibly be.

In this blog post series, we’re laying out some items that you can include on your Spring cleaning checklist with some benefits and reasons for taking care of each. You can find the part 1 tips below:

Clean the fireplace. If you have a fireplace that you use regularly throughout the winter, Spring is the best time to make sure everything is cleaned out. The last thing you want with a wood burning fireplace is to have dirty ash and soot sitting in there until next winter. If cleaning out a wood burning fireplace is turning out to be too much of a hassle (not to mention all that hauling of wood!), it might be a good idea to think about having BelRed install a gas fireplace insert.

Walk the outside of your home. Making sure the exterior of your house is clean of debris build up from the neglected winter time can help with the efficiency of your home, believe it or not. Doing so will not only clean things up, but alert you to possible air leak or other efficiency issues.

Shine those windows. Cleaning all of the windows in your home will not only make things looks squeaky clean, it will also maximize the amount of sun that can get in and start warming things up sooner.

Don’t forget about the curtains and window shades. Speaking of window cleaning, it’s important to not neglect cleaning or shaking out window curtains and shades during the Spring. Remember, these are some of your best energy efficiency friends any time of the year, but especially as things start to heat up. Proper shades and curtains can help manage temperature inside the home. Clean curtains and shades can also help the quality of the air inside your home and eliminate the dust and allergens that have built up on them in previous months.

We’ll be back with more home energy and indoor air quality Spring cleaning tips shortly. Stay tuned and as always, if you need help with any of these items, or other items related to your home energy and performance needs during this crucial Spring season, don’t hesitate to contact us at BelRed today.

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