Spring may be quite far away — but that shouldn’t prevent you from giving your home a deep cleaning before winter! Sure, it may seem fine to do some light dusting here and there, but it’s possible that neglecting a thorough cleaning can negatively impact your HVAC system (hello, airborne allergens). If you want to avoid any potential problems, then here are some tips to follow:
Clean Heating Vents
One of the biggest reasons you’ll want to do a deep autumnal cleaning is that it will prevent any germs from spreading in your home. Granted, there won’t be a massive infestation, but you’ll feel much more at ease knowing that your home will be spotless.
If you’re not sure where to start, then we highly recommend wiping down any nearby heating vent, such as those that reside in your living room. Not only do these warm surfaces contain the most dust and dander, but cleaning will help eliminate the possibility of an unwanted fire — which could be somewhat dangerous. The best way to clean your vents is to take a microfiber cloth and wipe away any residue. Note: do not use a chemical cleaner, since this could be detrimental to your home and health.
Freshen All Fabric
Be honest: when was the last time you washed your bed sheets? Indeed, that could have been a few months ago — but it’s important to do this task at least once a month. The reason being is this: your bed sheets absorb dead skin cells from your body, and if they're left unwashed, then your bedding has the potential to attract bed bugs, in addition to creating allergen particles — which could have the potential to go airborne (and enter your air ducts) when you whip your sheets (to straighten them), while making your bed.
Indeed, if you already forget when you last changed your sheets, then it may be wise to keep track on a piece of paper — or even in the notes section of your smartphone. Not only will this help you maintain clean sheets, but it will also prevent any unwanted guests, and allergens, from building their home within your bed.
Open the Windows
Granted, the summer heat may be long gone, but an autumnal breeze shouldn’t prevent you from opening the windows! Believe it or not, when you let some fresh air into your home, it will not only freshen the space, but it will rid of unnecessary allergens that may be lurking in the air, without giving them the chance to cling to your HVAC filters.If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, heating or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.