Frederick Air, Inc
3 King Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: (301) 663-0300
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Five Often Overlooked Items for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist
Frederick Air | April 20, 2017
Finally, Spring is here! Leaves are popping out. The birds are chirping, and as the temperatures rise, many will begin the tasks of spring maintenance. While painting, cleaning carpets, and early lawn work make nearly every list, a few important items are often overlooked. These items can save thousands of dollars, and maybe even your home and life.
The Dryer Vent
Not only does a dirty vent reduce the efficiency of the clothes dryer, it is also a fire hazard. Combustible lint can cake inside the vent, leading to a fire. To prevent this, there are specialized brushes made to reach far inside both the inside of the dryer and the vent itself, making removal of lint a breeze. There are even models that attach to a power drill, allowing for a more thorough cleaning. If you have a dryer in your home, make cleaning the venting system a priority. For about $25-30 and a few minutes, you can save not only your dryer but your family and home.
The Washing Machine
Have you noticed a soured smell when you open the washer? Do the clothes smell as if they could use a second wash? Do you see dirt and grime building up along the rim of the washtub? All of these are signs it is time to clean your washing machine. With so many negative reports about front-load washers and the mold buildup inside them, many forget all washing machine should be cleaned regularly, not just the front-load variety. Luckily, cleaning a washer is inexpensive and easy. There are cleaning solutions made exclusively for running your machine through a clean cycle. It is also fairly easy and inexpensive to make homemade solutions. Just make sure to follow your manufacturer's directions. While the machine runs a cleaning cycle, make sure to wipe down the outside, not neglecting buttons and knobs. For less than $10, you can extend the life of your machine, eliminate nasty buildup, and help your clothes smell clean and fresh.
The Furnace Filter
When was the last time you changed the furnace filter? If you cannot answer this definitively, or if it has been longer than the filter recommends, it is time to change. Not all furnaces are alike; each may have its own recommended filter type, size, and changing schedule. As well, each filter's life can vary based on not only the recommended time to change but also how much the furnace runs. Ensuring you change your filter when recommended will keep allergens, dust, mold, and other unwanted particles from floating throughout your own. It will also extend the life of your furnace, keeping those same particles from being trapped inside the system. Most filters are inexpensive and require little skill to install. Doing so can save you thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs, as well as keep your family healthy.
The Air Duct System
While changing the furnace filter, it may be a good idea to check out the actual vents and air ducts in your home. Vent grates can be removed and cleaned; some even have small filters inside to replace. Besides cleaning the grates, look inside the vent with a flashlight. What do you see? Dirt, lint, hair and even things like crayons and pencils often accumulate inside the vents. After pulling out large items, the vent can be cleaned with the hose attachment of your vacuum. It might also be wise to consider hiring a service to deep clean the air ducts, especially if you see what may be mold, excessive dirt, or the presence of vermin. A professional cleaner can look further into the system then you can see, and they can help reduce the contamination caused by not properly maintaining the system.
Smoke, Fire, and other Alarms
Checking your alarm system is not cleaning per se, but doing so can save your home and life. Some alarms run on batteries, but some are directly wired. Take the time to replace each battery, noting the date on a calendar or chart. Check each periodically throughout the year to ensure none has run down. Do not neglect the other types of alarms in your house, taking the time to check each is working correctly. While checking, it is also a good time to go over emergency plans with your family. Hold emergency drills to make sure each family member knows what to do in case of fire, earthquake, tornado, or another disaster. This is also an opportune time to check and replace emergency supplies like water, blankets, and canned food. For only the cost of a few batteries and some bottled water, you can help keep your family safe in case of emergency.
No one wants to be unprepared during a disaster or faced with costly repairs that could be avoided. Spring is a great time for outdoor activities, planting flowers, and catching up on some much-needed cleaning around the house. Adding these five tasks to your spring to-do list can help keep your family safe, your home in pristine condition, and your mind at ease.
Give us a call at 301-663-0300 to schedule your HVAC system maintenance.