Spring isn’t the only season for cleaning. Fall is, too! After all of the summer fun - barbecues, pool parties, game nights - your home can get a little dirty, inside and out.
From the empty bottles lying around the patio to the fallen tree branches in your backyard, there’s always something to clean up after the summer is over.
While it may be about aesthetics and the look of your home, but your home’s indoor air quality can take a hit as well. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you clean your home for the fall.
Fall is The Best Time to Replace Your Air Filters
Maintaining your home’s indoor air quality may not be at the top of your list, but it should be. If your allergies are getting bad again, that’s a clear sign that you should change your air filters.
It’s highly recommended that you change your air filters every fall since your air conditioner was running all summer long. New air filters will collect all the pollen and dust in the air, so you don’t have to sniffle and sneeze your way through the fall and winter months.
Additionally, a new air filter can ensure that your air conditioner works at its best, providing you with clean air and improved airflow. If you’re not sure when you should replace your filter, simply remove it and take a look. In many cases, a dirty filter is obvious and should be easy to detect.
Try Using Non-Toxic Chemicals to Clean Your Home
Whether you’re wiping down the patio furniture or cleaning the toilet in your basement, you should be conscious of the chemicals you use to get the job done.
Harsh cleaning chemicals can:
- -Affect your home’s indoor air quality.
- -Put your kids and pets in danger.
- -Damage delicate surfaces, including marble countertops.
Instead of using bleach, ammonia, and nondescript products to clean your home, try making your own non-toxic cleaner!
You can find hundreds of recipes online to show you how to make your own cleaning products using non-toxic ingredients.
Vinegar, castile soap, baking soda, and orange oil are just some of the most popular ingredients. If you have a few of these ingredients in your pantry, you’re already halfway there.
Check for a Gas Leak
After you’ve replaced your air filters and cleaned up your home a bit, there’s one final thing you must do: check for a gas leak.
While a gas leak is rare, it is important to check your home for a leak, especially if:
- -You smell sulfur or rotten eggs inside or outside of your home.
- -You feel lightheaded and nauseous while indoors.
- -You see a white cloud near a gas line.
- -Your houseplants are dying.
- -You hear a faint whistle near a gas line.
Your gas bill may be higher than normal as well because of a leak. If you suspect your home has a gas leak, it’s imperative that you call a specialist right away to repair the gas leak before you head into the winter months.
Have More Questions About Fall Cleaning?
The specialists at G.F. Bowman, Inc. can help you and your family lead a cleaner life going into the fall and winter months. Our team can help replace your air filters, check for gas leaks, and check other areas around your home to make sure you’re set for the fall. Clean air, clean surfaces, clean home - call our team today for an estimate.