The home is your main personal space, and it’s good to keep it clean and organized. Keeping it clean can help improve your mental state, keep your living space in good repair and help keep your home healthy and safe from allergens and pathogens. Along with that, it allows for easier task completion and a generally less cluttered life. Spring is a great time to tidy up and check on maintenance needs, as the weather is nicer, the air is warmer and everything feels new. So if you’re interested in making your home feel like a more pleasant place to be, try following these spring cleaning tips.
Use a dusting wand and a vacuum cleaner to clean main surfaces, like floors, shelves, countertops and tables. Then wipe them down with an antibacterial cleaning solution. Knock off and wash area rugs. Try to find areas to clean that don’t often get much attention, too, like electrical sockets (clean with a microfiber cloth) and door knobs. Give some love to entry points that harbor more dirt and outdoor grime, like laundry rooms, entryways and mudrooms. And remember, work from the top down so that anything you dislodge that falls to the ground will be picked up when you vacuum, sweep or mop. You’ll likely find when all surfaces are cleaned that you have a lot more breathing room.
Replace Air Filters
Air filters do a lot to keep your home healthy and safe. They trap mold and fungus spores, catch airborne allergens and germs before they can spread through the house and collect dust that all too easily circulates through your living space. For optimal efficiency, they should really be cleaned or replaced every 30 to 90 days, and checking on them during spring cleaning is a great way to remember to do this. As a bonus, doing this will improve the functionality of your HVAC unit. You could also have an air purifying system installed to help with this, particularly if you or your family members are immunocompromised or prone to allergies and illness.
Clean Off Fans
Overhead and area fans can circulate much more than air if they are dirty or dusty. Dedicate some time to cleaning them. A helpful tip for making sure ceiling fan dust doesn’t just fall to the ground is to place a pillowcase over the rotors and pull it off, collecting the dust inside so you can dump it in the trash. This way, you can send a clean breeze of fresh air through your home without worrying too much about it stirring up lots of dust.
Clean Out the Fridge
Spring cleaning is a great time to take inventory of your refrigerator. Take out anything that’s old or expired and trash it, then use a cleaning solution on the interior shelves. Reorganize your leftovers and necessities so they’re within easy reach. Then start using up the leftovers and getting creative with whatever miscellaneous ingredients you’ve been storing. This could be a great time to try out a tasty new recipe!
Windows collect so much grime that you may be surprised how much more easily you can see out of them when they’re clean. Scrub them with a microfiber cloth and a natural window cleaner to get the best view possible out of them. Take it a step further and wash your curtains, a place where a lot of dust collects, and you’ll find that your windows look and function much better than they did before!
Maintain HVAC Units
HVAC units weather a lot of…weather. Leaves and sticks get caught in them, metal parts rust and substances like dirt and bird feces collect on them. The health of your outdoor HVAC unit can determine how well your heating and A/C work, so give it some love by getting rid of foreign objects, scrubbing the surfaces clean and straightening filters and fins. Then, trim back any shrubs or other nearby vegetation so that the growth of outdoor plants doesn’t interfere with the function of your HVAC unit.
Clean Office or Work Areas
No matter what space you use to get work done, it can be fairly easy to let it get cluttered. Take some time to reorganize your desk or table, sanitize your mouse and keyboard and clean the grease and fingerprints off your computer screen. Trash, shred and recycle old papers (which are excellent at collecting dirt and dust) and organize or file necessary ones in their proper places.
Schedule A Routine Maintenance Visit
There are many other spring cleaning items that can be achieved through a routine HVAC maintenance visit, such as duct cleaning and equipment servicing. At Johnston Cooling and Heating, we’re on call 24/7 to help with your maintenance needs. Schedule an appointment today!