It's time to start thinking of spring cleaning to get done around the house before summer is upon us.
One area we all tend to neglect is the refrigeration coils on our freezers and refrigerators; they really should be cleaned twice a year. If you have a refrigerator or freezer in the garage, don't forget to clean it, too.
Another overlooked item that requires periodic cleaning are the window tracks on our windows. Dust and dirt tend to get in there and can keep windows from closing completely, which can allow air infiltration and force your cooling system to work harder than it has to.
Cleaning the return air plenum a few times a year makes sure air flows freely to your air conditioning unit. Click the image to see a DIY video that offers spring cleaning tips.
The return air plenum under your air conditioning system should be vacuumed out two or three times a year, especially if it is close to the floor. If you have pets, you may need to clean it more frequently.
A vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean the return air plenum, and don’t forget to clean the return air grille.
Most range vent hoods have a filter that should be cleaned. If the filter is made of metallic mesh, a good soaking in warm soapy water will usually do the trick.
Your dryer vent and vent hose should be inspected for lint and cleaned if needed.
Most fireplaces should be cleaned by a chimney sweep every few years, especially if the fireplace is used heavily in the winter to supplement heating.
Lastly, now is a good time to have your air conditioning system serviced, before summer gets here and you're relying on it to cool your home.
Do you have spring cleaning tips you'd like to share?
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