Like many people in Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas, you’re making your spring cleaning chore list.
And it probably looks something like this:
- Organizing and decluttering your house
- Washing the windows, blinds, and curtains
- Tidying up the garage
- Removing branches and debris from the garden
1. Replace your dirty furnace filter
Swapping your old furnace filter for a new one after a long, tough winter is a smart idea.
Your furnace (and the filter) has been working hard all winter long; capturing and preventing the following airborne pollutants from circulating throughout your home:
- Pet hair
- Insect waste
So, once Old Man Winter goes away for another year, make sure you take out your dirty furnace filter and put a clean one in its place.
2. Clean your air ducts
In winter, your air ducts circulate warm air throughout your home.
In summer, your air ducts circulate cool air throughout your home.
Much like the filters mentioned earlier in this blog, there are unpleasant contaminants stuck in your ductwork:
- Mildew and mold spores
- Spider webs
- Insect eggs
- Grime and dirt
As you work on your spring cleaning chores, you won’t be able to climb in there and see what’s going on.
At the same time, don’t take the chance of having unhealthy debris from blowing into every room of your home.
3. Test your carbon monoxide detector (and change the batteries if needed)
Now’s a perfect time to test and swap the batteries on your carbon monoxide detector (and your smoke alarms too).
- CO is often called “the silent killer.” It’s odourless, colourless, and tasteless. There’s no way to know if there’s a CO leak from something like a gas fireplace without an alarm.
- Regarding your smoke alarm, a properly working alarm can increase the odds of survival in a fire by 60% at least.
And just like the ducts and filters in your home, dust and debris could be caught inside your carbon monoxide detector.
As you change the batteries, clean the alarms using a small, handheld vacuum cleaner (or a can of compressed air).
Let Handy Bros. ClimateCare handle your HVAC spring cleaning
Spring cleaning is a very busy time of year. You’ve got a long spring cleaning list…and it’s getting longer by the day.
Don’t forget about your HVAC system. Actually, taking care of it should be first on your list because:
- You won’t have to worry about it
- You’ll save money in the long-term
- You’ll have less cleaning, care and maintenance to do later in the year
We’ll clean your HVAC system; so you can focus on other spring cleaning tasks which are more important to you.