The Art of the Deep Clean – Don’t forget the air quality of your home!

Apr 26 2018
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Hi guys! Today we’re talking about making sure your spring cleaning includes remembering the air quality in your home. Heating totally with wood I’ve already hired out the “deep clean” I needed this year. I hired a chimney sweep! Next year however, I will need to remember these on my spring to-do list as I will no longer be heating totally with wood. Another way to improve the quality of the air in your home is to ditch those poisonous room sprays and use essential oils instead! The following is an article submitted to Grandma’s House DIY that I felt was really informative!

So you’ve set aside a weekend to do your spring cleaning and managed to accomplish every task on your list. You probably chose to celebrate with some wine or another treat for a job well done, right? Well, chances are good that you didn’t do as thorough of a job as you thought. Many areas of the home are often overlooked when cleaning, and surprisingly, these are the most common where allergens and bacteria are hiding.

Clean the Air and Breathe Easier
One way to make a home more comfortable is to have furnace and heating units cleaned regularly. You should also change the HVAC filter every 90 days. While some tasks are better handled by an HVAC service technician, there are some money-saving measures you can do. Making this part of your deep-cleaning routine every few months will reduce the likelihood of allergens and viruses that can affect the respiratory system. Remember, everything collects dirt, dust, or residue once it’s put into use.

Check These Places for the Dirt You Can’t See!

Air Conditioner Image via Flickr by THE Holy Hand Grenade!

Air Conditioner Image via Flickr by THE Holy Hand Grenade!

Air Conditioner
The outside of your central air conditioner should be cleaned at least twice a year so that condenser coils, which allow the coolant to travel freely, are not blocked by debris. Before getting started, make sure you have the following: air conditioning coil cleaner, eye goggles, gloves, and a hose with adequate water pressure.
Go to your outside units’ electrical disconnect and turn off A/C. Use the water hose to remove all dirt, and spray coil cleaner on the unit. Let sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing with water.

Air Ducts
Dirty air ducts may carry bacteria, mold, or vermin droppings that aren’t always easy to spot at first glance. However, this task can spare your home from dangerous viruses. First, remove and clean registers using a cloth dampened with hot water and mild soap to remove debris. Clean the interior by using a vacuum with an attachment nozzle. If possible, use a hand drill with a vent dryer brush to get deep inside the unit. You should slow the speed as you’re moving the drill upward so dirt won’t spray everywhere. Use a clean cloth to remove remaining residue. Let air dry before putting back together.

Furnace or Heat Pump
Cleaning an older home heater annually helps prevent breakdowns. Remove the cover and wipe off the dust with a moist cloth. With a hose vacuum, sweep area around the blower. If there’s a detachable fan unit, use an old toothbrush to clean the blades, followed by vacuuming with a brush attachment. It’s also best to check the motor oil ports, which are located near the shaft. While newer furnaces don’t require lubrication, older models call for adding no more than three drops of non-detergent motor oil into each port.

Save Money by Staying on Schedule
While there’s a lot that you can do in a short time, it won’t take the place of having an HVAC professional in your home to make necessary repairs. That’s why it’s important to keep all maintenance appointments. Although it may be easy to procrastinate when schedules get hectic, your home is a sanctuary that deserves good air quality 365 days a year. A clean living space normally leads to a healthier lifestyle.

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Chances are good that you didn't do as thorough of a job as you thought. Many areas of the home are often overlooked when cleaning, and surprisingly, these are the most common where allergens and bacteria are hiding. The Art of the Deep Clean

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  1. April 30, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I use to be the queen of fake deodorizes, I used them everywhere. You actually educated me otherwise so I no longer use them. We get out vents cleaned, furnace etc. because our large dog is a furball. I keep the vents as clean as I can by covering the hole with a piece of cheesecloth. It lets the air through but slows down things dropping into the vent.

    • May 2, 2018 at 9:03 am

      That’s a great tip with the cheese cloth! This reminded me that I am the official vent cleaner at my day job and I need to check the air filters on our furnace!

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