EZ Fall Clean Up Solutions

EZ Fall Clean Up Solutions
Friday, August 31, 2018

Where to start fall clean-up!

Inside

  • Replace furnace filters. All central heating and cooling systems should have an air filter. The air filter is usually located in the return air duct or blower compartment before the return air reaches the air handler. This allows the filter to clean the air coming from your house before it enters the HVAC unit. Not sure how many filters or where…google you furnace model to find out
  • Clean light fixtures. Make sure not to use soap or glass cleaner as this will contribute to finger prints and dust forming on the fixture
  • Clean kitchen cabinets—inside & out. Remove all items from the cabinets. Only put back items that you will use. If you haven’t used it in years, you probably won’t use it this year either
  • Clean the back of computer, the dryer vent and refrigerator coils
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the battery. Just do it all at once, every year, so you don’t have the batteries failing one at a time, at random times of the day or night
  • Dust walls, ceilings, ceiling fans, under furniture, drapes & blinds
  • Clean inside windows and tracks
  • Drain sediment from the hot water heater. Why? A small amount of sediment at the bottom of your water heater is not serious. A large buildup does have a significant impact. A deep layer of sediment displaces water and reduces the amount of hot water available for your use. It can also clog the drain valve and possibly affect the efficiency of the water heater. Leaving it too long can slow the heat transfer and overheat the bottom of the tank which can weaken the steel and damage the lining of the tank. Good news, it’s not too hard. It’s back to google to find instructions for your model.

Outside

  • Check gutters and downspouts, clear all drains after the leaves have fallen. Clogged gutters and downspouts can send water flowing into places you would rather not have water.
  • Have your chimney cleaned to avoid a nasty chimney fire
  • Clean and store children’s toys & patio furniture. The most important step in preparing toys and furniture for storage is to get them clean. Moisture and dirt left on outdoor items can cause mold or mildew to grow in the winter months. Make sure to let items dry completely.
  • For items that will stay outside, aluminum or plastic pieces can be covered with a thin coat of car wax to protect them, use a coat of paste wax for wicker furniture. Check metal furniture for any signs of rust and remove with a wire brush, then spray metal furniture with a silicone sealant. Another option is using covers to protect items from the element if they will stay outside
  • Inspect trees. Remove broken or dead branches before the winter winds begin to howl… and blow these branches out of the tree
  • Inspect exterior paint. Repair or clean as necessary to avoid rot.
  • Inspect weather stripping & caulking around doors and windows. Repair as needed
  • Clean outside windows & screens.
  • Drain hoses, store and winterize water fixtures. Failure to disconnect your hoses from outdoor faucets may result in damage to the faucet during freezing weather
EZ Fall Clean Up Solutions

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