Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Many people put a huge effort into spring cleaning. Did you know that some people also do fall cleaning? It makes sense when you think about it. Both of them occur at the changing of a season. There are certain things that need extra care when the weather changes from hot to cold. Here is a quick look at what to focus on for your fall cleaning.
Wash the Windows
People tend to spend a lot more time indoors when the weather is cold. Fall is a good time to give your windows a really good cleaning (before it gets too cold to do it). You can use a glass cleaner or soap and water, whichever you prefer. Don’t forget to go out and clean the dirt off the outside part of your windows. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the windows. This will help avoid annoying streaks.
Replace the Furnace Filter
When was the last time you got new filters for your furnace? This is the sort of thing that people forget about while the weather is hot. Chances are, the filters that are in your furnace right now are old, dusty, and in need of replacing. They may have been sitting in your filter since last winter!
Some don’t see changing the furnace filter as a priority. Keep in mind that a filter is necessary because it helps clean dirt and dust out of the air. A dirty filter can’t do as good a job as a nice, new, clean one can. Before you head out the door to buy new filters, take a minute to check what size your current ones are.
Check your Chimney
Does your home have a fireplace? It has probably been months since you used it. Fall is a good time to have a professional come over and inspect your fireplace. He or she can make sure that the stove flues are not blocked and might even clean the chimney for you. The purpose, of course, is to make sure you can safely use your fireplace when the weather gets cold.
Examine the Detectors
The battery on a smoke detector doesn’t last forever. The same is true for a carbon monoxide detector. In fall, the weather gets colder, so people close all their windows and run their furnace (or fireplace).
You can prevent a tragedy from happening if you make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, or enough smoke detectors, now is a good time to get them.