Spring Equinox arrives on Sunday, marking an end to a rather long and cold winter across the country. After having been pent up in all of our homes, you might notice more foot traffic around your town and neighborhood.
Warmer temperatures and a greater presence of the Sun could mean that you’re encouraged to optimize your home for the warm weather. While spring cleaning is chore to some, others see it as a benchmark towards the new season. Before you handle the basics of cleaning for aesthetic purposes, also be sure to consider safety as well.
1. Check batteries on carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
When is the last time you tested your detectors? It might seem like a common point here at HomeSecurity.Io, but we hope you understand the importance behind it. Most detectors these days will make a “chirping” noise – one that is often piercing – to let homeowners know that the battery needs to be replaced.
If it isn’t necessary to replace the battery just yet, at least test to make sure that your detectors are functioning properly. According to a 2005 report from FEMA, Spring contains the highest daily average of fires.
2. Clear all remaining leaves from yard and gutters
If you live in a more heavily wooden area, there’s a good chance you still have leaves in your gutters (if you don’t yet have gutter guards installed). Although the risk is small, there is a chance that these leaves could be the starting point of a fire.
Clear out all leaves to the best of your ability, or have someone physically capable of doing the job if it is not something you are comfortable doing.
3. Replace your HVAC air filter
Spring is the perfect time to make replace your HVAC air filter. Depending on where you live, you know that the temperatures may start rising rather quickly. Having a clean air filter before you power on the A/C not only increases the performance of your HVAC system, but it can also help saving on your energy bill as well.
According to the Alliance to Save Energy, a clean air filter can reduce energy consumption by up to 15%.
4. Discard of all old medicines and chemicals, safely
We all have that one cabinet, or cabinets, that features a mix of new and older medicines and chemicals. As you’re spring cleaning, take the time to identify such items and discard any that are past their prime. Most medicines should be clearly labelled with a date of expiration.
As for other household cleaners that you can’t remember recently buying, you might want to look online for each product and learn about how long they can be safely used for.
We understand that these measures may not be the most “fun” items associated with spring cleaning, but they will create a much safer environment for you and your family. While you’re thinking about other ways to improve the safety of your home this spring, consider the power of an ADT Monitored Home Security system