Winter is almost over. That means switching your thick overcoats for loose sweaters and steaming hot chocolate for sweet iced tea. There’s also no more need to crank up the thermostat so that you can feel your feet while inside your home.
The end of winter also signals one activity that you might not be looking forward to – spring cleaning. It can be an arduous task, but one that is necessary to get rid of all the muck and grime that the snowy season left on your house.
Behind all the melting snow is dirt that managed to get wedged between the cracks on your patio or the debris accumulated on your gutters. Besides, there’s no way you can get out of spring cleaning, so you might as well begin immediately.
Check on the Central Heating
You have depended on your reliable heater all winter, and now that spring has arrived, you can begin cutting it some slack, says My Buddy The Plumber. That doesn’t mean that you won’t need to use it anymore because the wind can still be cool and feel tingly against your skin.
But because you won’t be using the central heating as much as you did before, it can be best to have it checked by an expert. This is to make sure that it wasn’t damaged by providing warmth to your home all winter.
A wise way to go about this is to schedule a maintenance check-up for the heating system once you feel the last of the chilly air leaving. By doing this, you can be giving the system a well-deserved break and preparing it for the next winter.
If you don’t do this while gearing the house for spring, you might forget about it altogether and leave any damages unattended. Minor damages can become more extensive and more expensive problems, especially if left unchecked.
Wash and Keep Your Rugs
Tiles, linoleum, and concrete floors–these types of flooring easily get cold, especially in winter. Having rugs or carpeting as an insulating layer between your feet and the cold floors was a great way to fight the cold, but winter is over shares Home Guides.
So it’s high time to keep all your rugs and carpets that you took out for winter. But not until you wash and clean them first. You don’t want to store filthy rugs in the cabinet until you get them out for winter again because that’s just lazy.
Small particles, contaminants, and other bacteria could have found a home in the many layers of your rugs, so you can’t store them away without getting rid of the dirt. Plus, doing this can lengthen the life of your pretty rugs so that you can use them again next winter.
Reverse the Ceiling Fan (Again)
Usually, ceiling fans have a small switch on their base that will allow you to reverse the direction of the blades. By reversing the blades to turn clockwise instead of counterclockwise, you’re allowing it to draw the heat from the floors. 2-10.com has a guide for reversing the blades.
The warm air rises until it hits the fan blades, which then is pushed back down to the floor by the blades. However, now that winter is over, it’s time that you reverse the direction back to the original one, which is counterclockwise.
This way, you won’t be getting the heat from the floors but rather the cool air settling in the middle of the room. You won’t have to blast the air conditioning up to deal with the warm settling air because your fan can circulate the air just fine.
Clean Your Roof and Gutters
Throughout winter, your roof was exposed to snow, fallen branches, animal droppings, and other debris that could accumulate on your roof. But with the snow melting away, all this debris will flow down through your gutters and create congestion.
So before your gutters give out because of all the gunk trying to enter the small space, you should grab your gloves and a ladder to remove the debris yourself. You can also use a garden hose to try and wash away the residual gunk that you can no longer scoop out with your hands.
Removing debris from the gutters is a big part of spring cleaning because it prepares your house for the eventual rain. If you leave the gutters to fend for themselves, they might give out just when you need them the most.
The end of one season can only mean the beginning of another. And like clockwork, you have to adapt to the changes in the weather to become comfortable inside your home. That also means cleaning even when you don’t want to, but because you need to.