Summer is a great time of year, filled with barbecues, warm weather, and fun in the sun. But all of that fun, and all of the things that come along with the warmer weather, such as lawn clippings, pollen, and gardening refuse, means that summer has a tendency to leave waste behind.
Once the warmer months begin winding down it’s important to clean up your summer debris and prepare your home for cooler weather. While there may be a lot of different ways to do so, we’re here to help you find the best ways to do so, keeping you comfortable no matter the temperature or weather outside!
Replace Your Air Filters
If you live in a home with a heating or air conditioning system, then you have air filters. Most air filters are disposable and replaceable, which means it’s up to the homeowner to make sure that their air filters are replaced on a regular basis.
This is an easy-to-do task, and yet it is one that is not done as often as it should be by most people. It is especially important to replace your air filters before fall since that is the time when you will most likely begin using your heating system, and because your air filter will have been tasked with all of the pollen and other debris of the summer air.
Replacing the filter is important because air filters are meant to reduce the number of allergens, such as dust, pollen, dander, and even mold, that circulates through your home, making your space cleaner, and safer. Check the model of your furnace, purchase the correct replacement filter, and then just remove the old filter and replace it with the new one.
Clean With Nontoxic Chemicals
When cleaning your home, it’s important to consider the chemicals you’re using. While many of them may effectively clean the area you’re scrubbing, you should also ask yourself what kind of chemicals they are putting into the air, affecting your air quality and possibly even your health. Luckily there are plenty of nontoxic chemicals and cleaning agents you can use to help make your house shine.
- White vinegar mixed with a bit of water has been a long-time solution for most homeowners looking for nontoxic cleaning opportunities. You can mix a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of warm water and use it to mop your floors. You can also use a mixture of 1 to 4 vinegar and water and microwave it until it steams to clean the interior of your microwave oven.
- Baking soda is another household cleaning option that many people use, especially because of its capability to deodorize. Sprinkle baking soda on a bare mattress and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it up in order to refresh an older mattress. Mixing baking soda and white vinegar will cause a foamy cleansing superpower (remember those volcanoes you made in school?) that can be used to clean drains. Just pour some baking soda down a drain, let it sit for a little while, then pour vinegar on top and watch it foam up and get to work on your clogged drain. And because of its coarse nature, it’s good for scrubbing appliances, or even used as a natural toothpaste!
- Finally, if you’re looking for a way to make your house smell good without using chemical air fresheners or sprays, consider tea tree oils. Tea tree oils are often used as a disinfectant and can help remove mold. Mix a few drops in some water in a spray bottle, shake vigorously, then spray on mold spots. Then just wipe it away after a few minutes.
Check for Gas Leaks
One of the most important things you can do to keep your residence safe is to routinely check for gas leaks. If you use any sort of gas appliance, like a kitchen range, or a gas fireplace, it’s imperative you regularly check to make sure that gas is not leaking.
If you use gas for heating your residence as well, be aware of gas leaks by the scent of rotting eggs. If you suspect a gas leak it’s important to get out of the residence for safety concerns. Then contact our pros at Carmine’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning who can help you with all your potential gas leak concerns.
Cleaning summer debris and preparing your residence for the colder months of autumn and winter can sometimes seem like an annoying chore, but many of the things you can do are actually quite easy and quick, and can not only make your home a healthier and cleaner place to reside, but also make sure that your safety is a top priority.