Projects to help prepare your home for spring

After a long winter, spring is finally here! In addition to spring cleaning, there are a number of other ways to get your home ready for spring. The following are six projects to prepare your home for spring this year.

Inside

1. Dust ceiling fans. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, using a ceiling fan in each room can allow you to raise your thermostat by 4 degrees without reducing comfort level. If you reversed your fans in the fall to push warm air down, make sure to switch back their direction so cool air is being circulated in the room. Don’t forget to dust fan blades and light fixtures to prevent dust from being circulated as well!

2. Clean faucets and shower heads. Unscrew faucet aerators, shower heads, and sprayers and soak in equal parts vinegar and water overnight. This can help remove any calcification or buildup and help water flow more efficiently. Can’t remove the faucet? Put the vinegar and water mixture in a gallon bag and submerge the faucet.  

3. Have the dryer vents cleaned. Lint buildup in dryer vents can affect the efficiency of a dryer, prevent clothes from drying completely, and can even lead to dryer fires. Disconnect the dryer hose from the back of the dryer and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside, remove the dryer vent cover and use to brush to remove lint from the other end of the vent line. Don’t want to do it yourself? Consider hiring a professional.

Outside

1. Wash exterior windows. Make sure you can see all the flowers in bloom by cleaning exterior windows. Don’t forget to wipe of any fingerprints or smudges inside, too!

2. Clean gutters and downspouts. If you’re up on a ladder cleaning windows, don’t forget to clean out gutters and downspouts! Remove leaves and other debris that may have accumulated over this winter; this can prevent April showers from overflowing the gutters and causing roof or foundation damage.

3. Wipe down outdoor furniture. With warmer weather on the way, now is the time to unstack the patio furniture and bring back out the outdoor cushions! Check outdoor cushion covers for rips or holes; most can be wiped down with mild soap or even washed in a machine to remove stain and brighten colors. Don’t forget to wipe down or wash outdoor furniture – and outdoor rugs as well!

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