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Important Spring Cleaning Tips to Increase Energy Efficiency

By Mary Ripley on  March 20, 2017

Springtime is here. And soon, hopefully, we'll be spending more and more time outside soaking up the beautiful sunshine.  So while Northeast Ohio weather is still cold and snowy, let's get out the dust rags and brooms and do some spring cleaning! When you do your spring cleaning this year, consider what you can do to not only get your house cleaner, but to increase your energy efficiency too.

DUST

Everybody knows that spring cleaning dusting is not your everyday dusting. You have to get in all the nooks and crannies. But did you know that while doing your spring cleaning, you can also ensure you're maximizing your electricity efficiency? When you're dusting your chandeliers and lamps, don't forget to wipe off your lightbulbs too. You want to make sure you're clearing off the bulbs to project better light, so your electricity is working as efficiently as possible.

CHECK YOUR A/C

Turn your air conditioning unit on to make sure it's working properly. After that, you'll want to do a deep clean of the unit to make sure you get the leaves, chunks of pollen and other potentially damaging debris. To do this, carefully remove the A/C protective cage and use a shop vac to clean the A/C fins (the metal honeycomb mesh under the protective cage). If this seems a little daunting, just call your HVAC company to do a spring clean on your A/C unit. A unit that's clogged with leaves, debris and dirt cannot run efficiently and will eventually break down on you much quicker than it should.

CHANGE YOUR FILTERS

While you're cleaning your air conditioner, don't forget to change your furnace filter. Old, dusty furnace filters prevent air from flowing naturally, causing your HVAC system to work much harder and costing you lots of money in wasted energy. Also, some furnaces are equipped with dampers that are optimized for summer and winter airflow. They force more airflow to the lower levels of your home in the winter … and the opposite in summer. If you have a damper on your furnace unit, now is the time to flip the switch!

CLEAN YOUR FRIDGE

Spring cleaning your fridge doesn't just mean tossing old food, taking out the shelves and drawers and doing a thorough cleaning inside. You should also clean underneath your refrigerator to make sure the coils are free of dust that tends to clump around them. Dusty, clogged coils make your refrigerator run a lot harder and more often, leaving you with needless energy expenses. If your vacuum has a nozzle that slides underneath your fridge, use that to clean the coils. If you can't reach underneath with your vacuum, invest in a lint dryer brush. They're cheap, extendable and bendable enough to clean the coils thoroughly. With refrigerators costing up to potentially a thousand or more dollars, you want to make sure you do everything to keep yours working efficiently.

FLIP YOUR FAN

Ceiling fans can be a huge lifesaver for many homeowners, especially in multilevel homes where airflow is so hard to properly control. If you use ceiling fans to regulate airflow in your home, spring is the time to switch your fan direction. For optimal airflow in the winter, your ceiling fan should be spinning clockwise. However, if you want to keep cool in the spring and to prepare for the coming hot months of summer, make sure your fan blades are going counterclockwise.  And while you are at it, now is a good time to wipe off those fan blades. Want more tips?  Check out this post: Natural Spring Cleaning & Energy Saving Tips or go to NOPEC's Interactive Tip House.

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