Now that the warm weather is finally here, it’s time to start working on your spring cleaning to whip your home back into shape. Most homeowners automatically put window washing and mulching at the top of the list, but they fail to realize the benefit of concentrating their efforts in other less obvious tasks like spring cleaning for energy savings.
Because of this, a lot of homeowners miss out on the many opportunities to save energy by completing a few easy tasks that can result in some significant savings. Many families don’t realize how much energy is actually wasted in their homes every day, but by adding just a few of the following energy efficiency improvements to your spring cleaning list you can start taking advantage of these savings immediately!
Clean Sliding Door Tracks
Don’t stop at glass cleaning when it comes to your sliding doors. Over the winter a lot of dirt, pebbles, and other build up can get into the tracks, making it impossible for your glass doors to seal properly. This leaves a lot of extra gaps that allow the cool air in your home to escape and the hot air to get it.
Replace Your Air Conditioning Filters
Many people forget to clean out or replace the filters more than once or twice during a season, and they rarely remember to clean them after their final use. Don’t turn your air conditioning on for the first time this year without checking your filters and making sure they’re clean and ready to run efficiently. Doing so will ensure that your system isn’t wasting energy and your air quality is as good as possible.
Ceiling Fan Redirection
Don’t forget to switch your ceiling fans back to counterclockwise in order keep the cool air in longer to save on air conditioning.
Clean Refrigerator Coils
When was the last time you looked behind your refrigerator? If it’s been awhile, don’t just sweep up whatever muck you find on the floor. Make sure you take the time to dust your refrigerator coils so your appliance doesn’t need to work as hard to keep your food cold.
If notice any leaks while you’re cleaning your windows, take the time to caulk them as you go. With just a little effort you’ll be sealing out the heat and locking in that cool air while using less energy.