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. The series concludes with part 3 tips below:
Turn to plants for some cleaning help. None of us have all the time in the world to clean and clean and clean some more. Why not enlist some natural help of plants? Plants are a great way to effortlessly remove toxins from the air inside your home. In NASA’s Clean Air Study, it is recommended that to achieve effective air purification, you should have 1 potted plant for every 100 square feet of your home. And a bonus – as long as they are healthy, plants never stop cleaning your home’s air!
Have you ducts professionally cleaned. There’s a lot of dirt, dust and other potentially harmful elements that lives within spaces of the home that cannot be seen or easily accessed. Your air ducts are certainly one area of the home that fits in this category. Especially if you plan on using your air conditioning system regularly, it’s a great time of year to bring in professionals to clean your ducts. Dirty duct systems are one of the biggest contributors to poor indoor air quality.
Remember to clean your air conditioner unit. Speaking of using your air conditioner more as things start to heat up with the weather… it’s extremely important to clean the air conditioning unit as well. Remember, it has been outside in the elements all winter, likely getting very dirty. Giving it a proper spring clean (or better yet having it done professionally), will keep things running in tip top, efficient shape. If you need more than a cleaning, BelRed also offers professional repair of A/C units.
Check your home for mold and mildew. Some homes have a hard time with proper air circulation and ventilation during the winter. This can not only lead to stale air, it can also cause mold to grow in many different areas of the home. Doing a full inspection of the home during the Spring will keep these problems, if present, in check. If you do spot mold, make sure to take care of proper remediation steps immediately so it doesn’t turn into a much larger health problem for you and your loved ones.
Thanks for following along with the home energy and indoor air quality edition of Spring cleaning tips and recommendations. 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.Tags: Ducts, Home efficiency, Indoor air quality, mold, spring cleaning