Last week, I provided Part One of a Spring Cleaning Guide. Here are the rest of my tips for cleaning and fixing up your home this spring and summer.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils. I actually learned this tip from a refrigerator repairman. The fridge can use up to 15 percent of your home’s total power, so you want it running as efficiently as possible. Over time, the coils get dirty and your fridge requires more juice. You can save up to $100 a year by doing this, and it’s not at all a difficult task.
Get your air conditioning system ready for summer; consider having it serviced. This one really depends on your individual home. Some homes just use window air units, while other houses have the mini-split systems—these are fairly basic machines where a quick internet search can help you fix any issues that come up. Also, refer to the user guides for specific regular maintenance. Central air is obviously a more complex system. Getting it serviced by a professional should be around $175 or less, and it will save money and headaches down the road. Worth every penny.
Repair/replace damaged window screens. You don’t want bugs making their way in because you missed a hole in a window screen. And no, duct tape doesn’t count. It can be a quick fix, but don’t leave it for long. It just looks bad.
Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house. This could double as a gardening tip, but if you didn’t trim trees or shrubs in the fall, do so now. We all know how quickly weeds can grow in even the smallest cracks. I walk around my house every morning and pull whatever weeds I see. Summer is a great time to focus on the exterior of your home, as well as your lawn and garden. It’s also perfect for having that garage door open and utilizing the prolonged daylight to work on any projects that have fallen by the wayside.
Inspect plumbing for leaks, clean aerators on faucets. Go around to all your faucets and toilets and check for any small leaks. If you have poor water pressure out of a faucet, the aerator is the likely culprit and is an extremely easy fix.
Take care of any insect problems you may have. As I tell my kids around this time: “Only eat at the table.” Bugs are everywhere this time of year, always trying to come in the door. If you want the cheapest screen door on the planet, take a Ziploc bag, put two cups of water and a penny in it and hang it on your door. Don’t ask me why, it just works.
Clean out window wells of debris. If you have a basement, sometimes your house might have window wells. All kinds of things can get down in there from leaves to trash to animals.
Check and clean dryer vents, and other exhaust vents at the exterior of your home. While the dryer is running, check that the exhaust is coming out. It should smell nicely of fresh laundry. If there isn’t much exhaust, check for blockages as well as you can. You may need a professional. Also vacuum the lint from the hose at the dryer. They make special brushes to clean these vents properly.
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