Houses are SO big and have so many systems, that there are MANY ways to check on and maintain your home. I find spring is a great time for cleaning out and planning some outdoor projects for the warmer months. It’s also a time to check places that have been covered in snow. Whatever you choose to do, keeping the healthy indoor environment in mind will help you create a healthy space for your family.
Window cleaners can contain ammonia, which is harmful to not only the lungs, but can cause long term effects like asthma and allergies when there is constant exposure. Carpet cleaners can contain harmful chemicals that actually become embedded in the carpet fibers themselves, which then sticks around for MUCH longer than your initial cleaning.
Some healthier options would be to find a concentrated cleaner you love, like mine, Thieves or you can make your own with my recipe book. Either way, you’ll know that your home isn’t going to be negatively affected by chemicals in cleaning products.
Watch for Moisture Intrusion
Any water spots that show up in the ceiling are often times due to melting snow and ice on the roof. If you can check inside your attic, you can usually see exactly where the culprit is coming from. It could be an easy repair, or it could require a professional, but either way you’ll want to get it fixed and dried out as quickly as possible.
Moisture around the foundation is another common spot. Keep an eye on walls that are below the soil to ensure that no water is coming in around the concrete block. The sooner you catch a leak or water coming and the faster you dry the area out, the healthier your home will be. Spring is also a great time to get a dehumidifier going in the basement to keep the areas dry on the inside
You’ll also want to make sure that gutters are free and clear and make sure your downspouts are attached and pointing at least 5-6 feet AWAY from your foundation.
My Water Damage Guide will help you look at your entire house and spot areas that may need some attention this spring when it comes to water and your home.
If it’s not QUITE warm enough to open all your windows yet, you can still ventilate for just 5-10 minutes in each room throughout the day. Simply open the windows in a particular room and if you need, shut the door. A ceiling fan will also help move air throughout the room. After 10 minutes or so rotate to another room until you’ve gone through your entire home.
If you have a whole house fan, an air to air exchanger or you have a forced air furnace, spring is a great time to replace the filter. These appliances tend to run much more in the extreme temperature months like summer and winter. The more the appliances run, the more dust and debris gets pulled through your filters. Once enough dirt and debris is caught by the filter, it can cause a decrease in airflow and cause the appliance to work harder. Spring is a great time to change out the filter. This will also ensure that the dust is being caught by a new filter instead of being pushed around your home through the venting.
You’ll want to try to find a filter that has a MERV 10 or MERV 12 rating. These are ideal because they filter out the smaller particles of dirt and dust without blocking the fitler entirely, which can be hard on your furnace or fan. I love NordicAir and recommend them to all my clients. I also like to recommend you purchase a whole box and keep them on hand so you’ll never be scrambling to go to the hardware store or place a last minute Amazon order when it comes to filters.
Clean Up Dust & Pollen
I like to use a simple dusting spray and a microfiber cloth when it comes to dusting in the spring. This solution can actually prevent dust from building up and you’ll dust less often when you use it.
You’ll also want to vacuum your carpets and corners with a HEPA filter equipped vacuum. This will help get any dust and debris that becomes thick on the carpet fibers. Wet mopping floors on a regular basis will also help.
But let’s be honest, most of us welcome the spring time air inside our stale homes. Sometimes this means that even with all the cleaning, spring time allergies can still be a HUGE problem. Instead of closing up the house, I find it best to manage the allergies by the dusting and vacuuming routine above. On top of that, I also like to use a few key essential oils for relief of allergy symptoms.
Full House Check
You can also walk through the interior of your home. Look in sump pump pits if you have them, check exposed pipes, and even open up attic and crawl spaces. Look for signs of moisture, pests and deterioration. Prevention and early detection is best when it comes to home problems.
You can use my Spring Checklist to walk around your whole home and make notes of things you’ll need to fix or maintain. I’ve also included a page in the checklist for planning out some summer and spring projects around your home.