The days are getting longer and warmer, which means it is time for spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is the perfect way to clear out clutter, deep clean your home and create a healthier space for your family. This year when you start spring cleaning, focus on approaches that improve the health of your home.
Simple items, like scheduling HVAC maintenance for your Jacksonville home, help improve the health of your home and family. Invest in home service companies with the knowledge and experience to do the job right, like J&W Heating and Air.
Spring Cleaning Checklist for Improved Health
1 – Replace HVAC Air Filters
Studies show that indoor air contains more pollutants than outdoor air. One way to reduce the pollutants in your home and improve air quality is with clean air filters. The job of the air filter is to remove dust, debris and other unwanted particles from the air as it passes through your HVAC unit. A dirty or clogged air filter won’t clean the air and requires your unit to work harder to keep your home at the right temperature. This negatively impacts your health and wallet.
2 – Dust Your Home
Dust settles on every surface in your home. This not only looks bad but also impacts indoor air quality. Even with a clean HVAC filter, you won’t prevent all dust from entering your home. Dust is made up of a variety of undesirable materials, like human skin, pet hair, cloth lint, soil and even dangerous materials, like lead and arsenic. For spring cleaning, dust all of your home’s surfaces, including blinds, ceiling fans, trim work, bookshelves and wall décor.
3 – Clean the Floors
The floors inside a home contain all kinds of germs that aren’t visible to the eye. Germs are tracked in on our feet, from pets and even dropped when cooking. These bacteria, viruses and fungi can make your family sick. It’s important to keep floors clean regularly, but spring cleaning is the perfect time to deep clean floors. Professionally cleaning carpets and hardwoods are a great way to keep your floors looking great and remove unwanted germs.
4 – Wash Rugs, Curtains and Linens
The difference in regular weekly cleaning and spring cleaning is doing those tasks that take more time and energy. One such tasks is cleaning linens. Start by washing all the small rugs in your home like kitchen, bathroom and entryway rugs. Then, clean all bed linens, including blankets and comforters. Finally, take down all the curtains in your home and wash them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These items get dirty over time which can lead to bad odors, dust buildup and look bad.
5 – Use Low Toxicity Products
Cleaning products can contain chemicals that are just as bad for your family as the germs they are intended to clean. Invest in better quality green products or chemical-free cleaning products. Another great option is to make your own healthier cleaning solutions.
6 – Professional Air Duct Cleaning
The air ducts in your home’s HVAC system build up harmful contaminants over time and require professional cleaning. Air duct cleaning helps remove particles, like mold spores, pollen, bacteria, pet dander and more. Not only does professional air duct cleaning improve the air quality in your home, it also helps your HVAC unit run more efficiently.
7 – Clean Vents and Registers
One way to improve air quality without calling a professional is by cleaning the vents and registers in your home. This is an easy task that at first may seem intimidating. Start by removing the vent cover, then vacuum out the vent area. Wash the vent cover with warm, soapy water and dry completely before replacing. This simple part of your spring cleaning helps to remove dust and debris.
8 – Deep Clean Kitchens and Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most used areas in the home. They are also the dirtiest. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to deep clean your kitchen and bathrooms. Focus on tasks like cleaning the garbage disposal, organizing the pantry and removing expired goods, cleaning baseboards and cleaning tile grout. While weekly cleaning is necessary, regular deep cleans help remove mold, mildew and other germs to create a healthier home.
9 – Clean Forgotten Items
Many of the dirtiest parts of our homes are forgotten in the regular house cleaning chores. Spring cleaning is a great time to focus on the details that don’t get attention most weeks. Clean items like trash cans, laundry baskets, vent hoods, dishwashers and more. This will help remove odors, dirt and germs.
10 – Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Preventative HVAC maintenance is a great investment for the health your Jacksonville home. One of the many benefits of HVAC maintenance is improved indoor air quality. HVAC maintenance includes inspection and cleaning of your unit to remove dirt and debris and identify any needed repairs. This not only improves air quality but increases energy efficiency and extends the life of your unit.
Get Started Today!
Start today creating a healthier household for your family. Tackle a few tasks at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Start with the items that use professional services like carpet cleaning and HVAC maintenance.
Contact the professionals at J&W Heating and Air in Jacksonville, Florida to schedule HVAC maintenance or duct cleaning. We offer experience you can trust.