8 Ways to Spring Clean Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Is your home ready for summer? With todayโ€™s smart home features, it may seem like your house can almost run itself, but it does need a little human assistance from time to time. Here are 8 ways to spring clean your home for energy efficiency.

  • Hire a professional to inspect and maintain your HVAC system. The last thing you want is to discover any air conditioning problems in the middle of a summer heat wave. And if you have a window air conditioner, donโ€™t forget to inspect and clean the unit as well.ย  Also be sure to check that the cord is damage-free and clean the air filter monthly when in use.
  • Inspect all doors and windows for any air leaks. If youโ€™ve got a sliding door, look for gaps here too and clean the track to protect the doorโ€™s seal.
  • Clean window blinds and/or window treatments. Havenโ€™t installed them yet? Nowโ€™s the time! When selecting window treatments, look for options that still allow some natural light into your home while blocking out heat.
  • Clean ceiling fans. And if you reversed the direction for winter, make sure theyโ€™re now running counterclockwise for the summer months.
  • Dust light bulbs and electronics since dust build-up can prevent them from working at top performance. And if you havenโ€™t yet switched over to ENERGY STARยฎ certified light bulbs, now is a great time to do so.
  • Clean the coils on the back of the refrigerator since dust and dirt can affect the efficiency of the appliance. Inspect the door seal to make sure itโ€™s in good condition. And if your refrigerator has a water filter, follow the manufacturerโ€™s recommended replacement schedule.
  • Inspect and repair roof shingles and gutters.
  • Fix leaky faucets. Better yet, install low-flow or water-efficient fixtures.

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