Written on: April 4, 2022
As Winter turns to Spring, many of us are looking forward to turning off the heat in our homes. That’s not only because of the craziness of fuel prices lately but because we’re wanting to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and warmer weather.
There are a few things you need to do to make sure your home is ready for Spring. These tips not only help you save money on energy costs but help make your home more comfortable all year-round.
Many of us may need to run our furnaces during the night in the early Spring. However, as plants, trees, and flowers begin to bloom, pollen may enter our homes. There’s also the issue of dirt and dust accumulation over the winter.
All of these can combine to clog your furnace’s air filter. When your air filter is blocked, it cuts down on the energy efficiency of your furnace and raises your energy costs. The dust, dirt, and pollen may also harm your furnace’s components. Damaged parts might result in a breakdown or reduce the life expectancy of your furnace.
Now is a good time to swap out your air filter for a fresh, clean one.
Don’t forget about the refrigerator while cleaning your home. It uses roughly 15% of the energy consumed in a house. Pull the fridge away from the wall carefully and vacuum the coils in the back. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer as well, removing expired or unwanted items. A refrigerator that is overstuffed inhibits circulation of the chilled air, forcing your refrigerator to work harder to maintain a safe temperature. Vents in your HVAC system should be vacuumed. Now is a good time to clean your ductwork if it hasn’t been done for the last three to five years.
You likely associate drafts with heat loss in the winter. However, they can also bring warm air into the home during the spring and summer, driving up your energy costs for fans and air conditioning. Caulking, weatherstripping, and expanding foam can all help to keep your home’s cooled air inside. Spring is also a fantastic time to check your home’s insulation levels and add more if necessary. The U.S. Department of Energy has a good guide on insulation needs.
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