Are you ready for your annual spring cleaning? Here are a few suggestions to help you clean up your home, while improving home comfort and energy efficiency.
General Indoor Cleaning
- Dust and mop or vacuum every room to remove dust mites and other allergens. Don’t forget to clean ceiling fans and remove cobwebs!
- Wash your windows. While you’re there, check weatherstripping and caulk and replace as needed to prevent heat loss/gain.
- Wipe down kitchen appliances and clean the oven and range. Make sure that your spring cleaning supplies are non-toxic.
- Clean all bathroom surfaces and launder throw rugs and towels. Don’t forget the shower curtain; it may contain hidden mold and mildew. Bathroom exhaust fans can also be cleaned to improve efficiency and increase airflow.
Changing your air filter is one of the easiest tasks you can do to improve HVAC efficiency. A clogged furnace filter restricts airflow and spits built up dirt and debris back into your home. Check filters monthly and change them as needed to improve system performance and air quality.
Your furnace blower and motor may also need cleaning. You can do this yourself (power off!) but it’s best to call in an expert. Ducts may also require a checkup. You can clean dust away from vents, but if you have a buildup of dirt or mold in your ductwork, you’re going to need professional help.
Spring cleaning isn’t just an indoor affair. Your outdoor A/C unit will also need attention.
Remove any twigs, leaves and other debris that have fallen on or around the A/C and clear away any plant life that has grown in. Gently spray down the unit with a garden hose to remove caked-on grime. Check to make sure the drainage hole is clear.
Professional Spring Cleaning
When it comes to your heating and cooling systems, there’s only so much spring cleaning a homeowner can do. Let us do a routine checkup on your system to ensure that components are not only clean, but fully operational. For more information, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).