SPRING is here!

Ahhhhhhhhhh…SPRING!!!

The season where the flowers bloom, the days are longer (and warmer), and barbecues begin to take place. It’s also the time of the year when everyone…CLEANS!!! Spring cleaning is a tradition that starts soon after that last snowfall, where you pack away your shovels, boots and blankets and break out the lawnmowers, sandals and sunscreen! As you put the chill of winter behind you and look forward to “springing” ahead to warmer weather, make sure your home transitions properly into the new season, as well. Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts for cleaning and maintaining your home.
 

  1. DO declutter! Throw out those old magazines and newspapers that you finished reading. Organize and file away important paperwork and shred what’s not needed. Clean out your pantry and get rid of any expired items. Donate any clothing, jewelry, household items or other personal effects to your local church, charity or Salvation Army.

 

  1. DON’T forget to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember to dust or vacuum them, as well, so they perform properly. This is also a great time to check the batteries in your thermostats and replace them, if necessary.

 

  1. DO make sure that you inspect your fire extinguishers. Make sure there are no visible signs of damage or corrosion. As a rule of thumb, you should have one on each floor of your home.

 

  1. DON’T forget your pets! This is a great time to clean their carriers, wash their bedding and sanitize their dishes and toys. Schedule their routine physical exam and make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date.  OH….and have your pet groomed. Now that it is warmer, I’m sure they want to look their best when going on those early morning walks too!

 

  1. DO make sure you dust thoroughly. Allergy season is upon us and dust, pollen, pet dander and other allergens can accumulate on your household surfaces as begin to keep your windows and doors open a little more. Focus on areas that you may have neglected during the winter, such as lamps, ceiling fans and upholstery cushions. Start from the top of the room and work down, vacuuming up any dust that settles on your floors.

 

  1. DON’T take your floors for granted! Vacuum your carpets and rugs, and if possible, have them shampooed and deep-cleaned.  Sweep and mop your floors thoroughly, polishing any vinyl surfaces and waxing your hardwood floors.

 

  1. DO optimize the energy efficiency in your home. Did you feel drafts from your windows and/or doors, making some rooms colder than others? These tips can make your home more energy efficient going into the warmer months:
  • Inspect your windows and doors. Apply caulk, sealant and weather stripping, if needed, to keep excess heat and humidity out. It will help you save money on your utility bills, as well.
  • Repair any small tears or holes in your window or door screens. It’s as simple as applying a patch and some instant adhesive or simple clear household cement.
  • Use that ceiling fan – it could reduce the temperature in an average bedroom by 5 degrees!
  • If not already done, consider insulating your attic. This will keep the heat in through the winter and the heat out in the summertime.

 

  1. DON’T think spring cleaning is just for inside the home. Now is a great time to focus on the exterior, too!
  • Sweep away any cobwebs and excess debris from decks, driveways and walkways. Scrub them with an all-purpose cleaner to remove any settled dirt. Power wash and stain decks to keep them looking brand new.
  • Inspect any outdoor light fixtures. Replace any old bulbs with new, energy efficient ones. Check for any wiring that may have become damaged or corroded during the winter season.
  • Have your gutters cleaned out and checked for damages as a result of excess snow, ice and winds.  Also, remove any debris from storm drains and make sure water flows away from the home to avoid flooding.
  • Remove old branches and twigs, rake up old leaves and apply fertilizer and weed control products to your lawn. Prune and trim bushes so you will have a beautiful landscape before the summer starts.

 

  1. DON’T forget these four important letters: HVAC!
  • Check your air-conditioning and heating equipment before the new season begins.
  • Don’t dodge the ducts! You should have them inspected for leaks and tested for airflow pressure. 
  • Invest in a preventative maintenance agreement for your HVAC system.  Most agreements will cover at least bi-annual servicing and cleaning of your heating, air-conditioning and humidifying systems, including but not limited to: checking blowers and burners, replacing filters, testing electrical connections and much more!
  • If you find yourself in need of immediate servicing due to a system issue, or would just like to have a system “check-up” done, please contact ENCON’s Service Department to schedule an appointment.