Having a clean home is important. It limits bugs, keeps your family healthy, and keeps your home running to the best of it’s ability. In order to help you out remembering areas that are probably dirty in your home we found this article. We hope this article helps you and your family out!
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Some of us are total slobs, while others are complete neat freaks. But even the homes that look the cleanest on the surface probably have some dirt and gunk hiding somewhere, and a lot of that stuff can damage your home. Here are some things you should probably check up on and give a thorough cleaning.
We’ve talked about germ management, but fighting dirt and gunk is a completely different battle. If left in the wrong place, this kind of mess can ruin your appliances, run up your bills, and even attract unwanted critters. Here are just a few of the places you should check out on a regular basis.
The Coils in Your Air Conditioning Unit
Cleaning your air conditioning unit prolongs its lifespan, saving you the trouble of early repairs and replacements. SFGate recommends cleaning your home AC unit twice a year: once in spring and again at the end of summer. A clean AC unit also results in more efficient performance, saving you $70-$100 for extra service inspections and repairs for a poorly performing or malfunctioning system.
All you have to do to is turn off the power, remove large debris, and spray the unit down with a hose. Make sure you wear protective goggles. You can see exactly how it’s done in the video above from Entergy. If you clean your unit and it still seems to be performing poorly, you may have been a little late with cleaning. Inspect it yourself to see if there’s something else you can fix, or otherwise call a professional for help.
The Ducts for Your Clothes Dryer
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were roughly 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings between 2008 and 2010, and ignored ducts caused 34% of them. Otherwise, clogged ducts result in the dryer using a ton of extra energy and possibly even gas leaks.
If you run the dryer twice a week, you should clean the duct at least once per year. If you run your dryer more often, increase the number of times you clean the duct accordingly. Angie Hicks of Angie’s List says vacuuming the inside of the dryer around the lint trap and limiting use of fabric softeners are just two ways to help prevent clothes dryer fires, and you can find more tips on her site.
When it is time to service it, you can hire a professional or do it yourself using the DIY video above from netman88. There are different ways to do it, but using a blower (like a leaf blower) or vacuuming it out with a shop vac while using the coil cleaning brush to help loosen the dirt and debris is typical.
Cleaning and replacing certain filters, gutters, and appliances is much more than just keeping a clean house. Some of these dirty places run up bills, use extra energy, and damage the air quality of your home, while others could literally burn down your house if neglected. Hire a professional to do any of the services you don’t feel comfortable doing yourself, but if you want to save money, you can. In the end, all that matters is that your house, and anyone living in it, is safe and running efficiently.
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