Four Vital Spring Cleaning Tips

How the maintenance and strategic placement of key appliances can keep your home safe, comfortable and energy efficient as we move into a new season

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012  |  Updated 3:18 PM EDT
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Four Vital Spring Cleaning Tips

Changing the filters on your HVAC system will keep electric costs down when the mercury rises.

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This article is sponsored by Michael & Son, the leading full-service plumbing, electrical, HVAC and remodeling company serving the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years. Learn more about Michael & Son at MichaelandSon.com.

Spring officially kicks off this Tuesday, March 20, which means it's time to prep the house for warmer weather. But that doesn't just mean changing the bedding and swapping out the down coats and corduroy pants for sun dresses and Bermuda shorts. 

By taking some extra time to strategically install a few new appliances and maintain a few trusty old ones, you can actually save money on your energy bills (which means more money for those aforementioned Bermuda shorts). Here's how to get started: 
 
  • Attic Fans: The last place we think to install ceiling fans is the attic, but did you know that a poorly ventilated attic can trap heat, making temperatures uncomfortable on upper floors and putting undo strain on your HVAC system? Combat rising heat by circulating air in the upper region of your home, even if it's purely a storage space. 
  • Sump Pump: In addition to bringing May flowers, April showers can also flood your home. Or, more specifically, your basement, which can cause mold and destroy valuables like furniture and electronics. Avoid the costly cleanup of a deluge by investing in a sump pump, the most inexpensive way to avoid any post flood damage. (And always remember to clear the pump of leaves and any debris capable of clogging it).
  • HVAC Filters: Much like you seasonally change your bedding, make a habit of changing the air filters on your HVAC system, which will help it run more efficiently, keep the house cooler and cut your electric bill come summer. 
  • Toilets: In order to make sure no cracks have formed in your toilet tank over the winter, place six drops of blue food coloring inside, then wait 30 minutes to see if the dye seeps into the bowl. If it does, schedule an appointment with Michael & Son. 
Following these four steps will keep your house safe, comfortable and energy efficient as we head into the warmer months. Or, if you really want to play it safe, schedule a whole home inspection with a Michael & Son technician. 

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