As we spring into a new season, we may feel ready to tackle spring chores and give ourselves – and our homes – a fresh start. A deep spring cleaning is more than just a necessary household task. Done right, it can have long-lasting effects on our family’s mental, emotional, and physical health. Heating Specialties of South Jersey can help you plan your spring cleaning checklist. Even better, we’ll lend a hand with some of the more complicated spring HVAC tasks.
What’s so great about spring cleaning?
Take a good look around your home. Despite a winter shut inside, it looks pretty good. Now take a closer look. When was the last time you cleaned your draperies? Have you dusted the top of your window frames? Gave your rugs get a good shake? Spring cleaning not only removes the accumulated dirt and dust, but it also has potential health benefits:
It can improve your health. As the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology points out, spring cleaning can remove the allergens in your house all winter and help you jump on spring allergies and asthma symptoms. Good scrubbing may also reduce mold, which can cause health problems.
It’s an emotional pick-me-up. Even packrats need to declutter occasionally. Spring cleaning creates a tangible result from our labors. When your home is sparkling clean, your mind may rejoice.
Sure, that pile of magazines has grown over the winter as you kept them in a corner, just in case you are suddenly hit by the desire to have a reading day. In the meantime, they can become a fall hazard as you navigate your home. Use spring cleaning as a time to remove trip hazards. It can cut down on accidental injuries. Your knees and hips will thank you.
Spring cleaning tasks
Are you convinced? If you’re ready to give your home a proper spring cleaning, consider the list below to make the job easier and more organized. Remember, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done in a day. Please create a list, check it twice, and break it into manageable tasks.
Wash your windows. Do yourself a favor and save this task for a cloudy day. Otherwise, the sun is going to dry the solution and leave streaks. Use your favorite commercial cleaner, or make your own from a solution of ¼ cup of white vinegar, ½ tsp of dish soap, and 2 cups of water. Add a few drops of essential oils if you want a fresh scent.
Move the furniture. Is it time for a new arrangement in your living room? Even if you like your furniture set-up, now is the time to move things around so you can dust and vacuum in those spots that are hard to reach. Pull up the couch cushions and vacuum the crumbs and accumulated dirt. Keep any change you find – you’re earning it!
Go through your closets. Have you heard of the 80/20 principle when it comes to your wardrobe? We wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. Let go of the things you haven’t worn in the past year. You deserve better.
Handle the outdoor tasks. As the weather gets nicer, take advantage of a lovely spring day to clean your gutters, inspect your roof, and check your fences and decks for broken wood. Spring cleaning goes beyond your home’s interior.
Don’t forget the HVAC spring tasks!
Your HVAC system has worked hard to keep you warm this winter. It deserves a thorough cleaning as you prepare for the warmer months when you rely on A/C to keep you comfortable. Remember these vital HVAC spring cleaning targets:
Change your air filter. Your air filter is your HVAC system’s first defense against dirt, pollen, and allergens trying to get into your home.
Dust can accumulate in our ductwork and the return vents. Remove the vents, dry them well, and clean them off. While the vent cover is removed, use your vacuum to reach inside and clean out what you can see. Don’t forget to check the return vents and registers.
Clear the clutter around your outside unit. Give your HVAC unit a spring head start by keeping the area free of broken branches, dead leaves, and other barriers.
Schedule a spring HVAC tune-up. Your HVAC spring cleaning is only complete if you’ve had a professional come by to check the system, tighten any loose connections, and catch problems while they’re still small. A regular A/C tune-up by Heating Specialties in the spring can pay you back with lower energy bills and a longer lifespan for your unit.
Spring is finally here. Heating Specialties is your HVAC spring cleaning expert. Schedule your spring maintenance check by calling us at (866) 923-2653 or scheduling your appointment online. Let’s start fresh together.