Comfort Control
Thursday, March 30, 2017

How Necessary Is Spring Cleaning, Anyway?

Spring cleaning has become a ritual inspired by the changing outdoors, and home maintenance can help maintain your property value, as well as keep things running smoothly year round. So, here’s a list of spring cleaning “musts”:
 
Clutter
If you haven’t used it in the past two years, let it go. You’ll be making better use of your space, as well as clearing the clutter.
 
Home Comfort System
Replace filters, and vacuum and clean grates, coils and condensers. A spring tune-up can help prevent future breakdowns and repairs.
 
Rugs, Carpets and Floors
Shampooing carpeting and waxing floors extends their life and removes allergens and pollutants that can affect indoor air quality.
 
Safety Devices
Replace your smoke detector, CO detector and emergency flashlight batteries. Test fire extinguishers.
 
Windows, Shades and Curtains
Remove and wash window treatments. Clean blinds to remove dust. Use white vinegar or ammonia solutions to wash windows.
Spring gives us the chance to start fresh. Call us if you’d like to schedule a spring tune-up or indoor air quality test!

Reducing Air Pollution: an inside job

According to the EPA, what we do in our homes can be polluting the air. Follow these tips to reduce pollution:
  • Recycle. Recycling reduces production emissions and helps to conserve energy.
  • Properly dispose of items. Make sure hazardous materials are stored in airtight containers.
  • Inspect your home comfort system. Have a professional (like us!) check your system in the spring and in the fall. If it isn’t operating efficiently, it could be costing you energy money.
 
To learn more, call us for an Indoor Air Quality Inspection.

Quick Tips

  • Plant trees to your advantage. Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a typical household’s cooling bill.
  • Dust your bulbs! Dust and dirt on light bulbs can reduce their illumination by 50% and their lifespan.
  • Select an energy-efficient central air conditioner by looking at the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating–the higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.
  • Use a dehumidifier in the warm, humid months to remove moisture from the air. A dehumidifier works best when air can circulate freely through it.

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