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Tips For Getting Your Home Ready For Fall!

Summer is full of time spent around the pool, barbecues, and tending to your gardens. But summer is also a time that brings about a lot of debris.

Whether it’s because of naturally occurring pollen and allergens or because of debris caused by all the fun in the sun, there’s plenty of waste that can be left behind.

As fall approaches, it’s important to prepare your home and space for the autumn months by cleaning your summer debris and we’re here to provide you with some great ways to do so.

Have You Replaced Your Air Filters?

airfiltersMost residences have furnaces and most furnaces have replaceable air filters – and the same can be said about your air conditioner. Unfortunately, this simple task is often one that is overlooked by homeowners.

It can also have a major impact on the comfort in your home and your health as well. Once fall approaches you should consider replacing your air filters because they reduce allergens that make their way into the home, such as pollen, dander, dust, bacteria, and mold.

If your air filter hasn’t been replaced regularly, it’s not operating at maximum capacity. But replacing the filter is simple! Check to see which type and model filter your unit uses and then purchase the correct replacement. Most filters either pop or slide out of the unit. Then just put the new one in and your filter has now been replaced and your heating system is ready to tackle the approaching cooler weather.

Try Cleaning With Nontoxic Chemicals

nontoxicchemicalsMany cleaning agents are made with chemicals, and sometimes they can create toxins if you’re not careful, affecting your air quality.

But fortunately, there are many nontoxic cleaning agents that most homeowners can use, creating a safe environment, many of which you probably already carry in your home or kitchen.

White vinegar has long been used as a cleaning agent because of its variety of uses. Mixed with water in a 1 to 2 ratio it can be used to mop floors. In a 1 to 4 ratio with water, it can disinfect a microwave oven, dishwasher, or coffee maker.

Or use it to clean laminate countertops. Baking soda has deodorizing capabilities. Leave an open box in your fridge or freezer to capture unpleasant scents, and then just dispose of the box after a few weeks.

Or sprinkle baking soda on a mattress or carpets and rugs before vacuuming it up to freshen your bedding and rooms. Finally, tea tree oil is great for disinfecting and killing mold. Mix a few drops into a spray bottle and spray the mixture onto moldy areas, like in a bathroom, and then wipe the mold away.

Check For Gas Leaks

checkforgasleaksMost homes use natural gas in one form or another. Whether it’s in appliances like gas fireplaces and kitchen ranges or to heat their homes, when you have gas in your home there’s always the risk of a gas leak.

And gas leaks can be dangerous or even fatal, so it’s important to check for them frequently. If you ever smell the scent of rotten eggs in your residence, you should leave immediately because it may be a gas leak.

Once outside the residence, contact emergency assistance. And if you’re ever worried your range or other appliances may be leaking, contact our pros at Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC and we’ll assist you with all your gas leaks and concerns.

When autumn approaches and the weather turns colder, it’s important to clean your summer debris and prepare your home for the changing temperatures. There are many things you can do to keep your home safe and happy in the fall and winter, but if these tasks are something that you don’t want to tackle on your own or have more questions, then work with our pros to enjoy a comfortable fall season.