At The Cleaning Authority, we believe a clean earth is just as important as a clean home. We are committed to doing our part to protect the environment, using products that are environmentally responsible or sustainable.
In honor of Earth Day and the start of spring, which often symbolizes a sign of new opportunities, we encourage you to check out these spring-cleaning tips that cleanse the space in your home, save energy, reduce utility bills, and create habits that will last year-round!
- Use Your Ceiling Fan
While the spring weather is still mild, opt to use your ceiling fan instead of turning on the air conditioning just yet. Switch your fan to rotate counterclockwise so the cool air is being pushed down. If you have not used your fan since the start of winter, make sure you dust your ceiling fan prior to turning on.
- Dust Lightbulbs and other Electronics
Dust keeps powered items from running at top efficiency. Make sure your electronics are unplugged and cool to the touch before dusting. If you want to take it a step further, switch your lightbulbs to energy efficient bulbs such as LEDs or CFLs. These fixes, combined by longer days of sunshine, are sure to decrease your electricity usage.
- Clean Out Your Refrigerator
If you are storing a lot of leftovers or old food in the fridge, it takes twice as long to cool food. Click here for a step-by-step guide for the best way to clean out your fridge. By keeping the fridge about 2/3rds full, it will promote circulation. In addition, don’t forget to dust the coils in the back of the exterior of your fridge. Dust forces your appliance to work harder to maintain a cool temperature, so no matter how clean the inside your fridge is, it could be greatly affecting the efficiency.
If cleaning your refrigerator seems overwhelming, you're too busy, or you simply have other things you would rather spend time doing, don't worry - we offer interior refrigerator cleaning as an add-on service!
- Improve Air Flow
Now is a great time to do some light HVAC maintenance. Wipe down your vents with a damp cloth and mild detergent, have your ducts cleaned and checked for leaks, and replace air filters. According to our sister brand, One Hour Heating & Air, leaky ducts can account for approximately 30% of your AC system’s energy use.
- Check On Your Insulation
Spring is a great time to make sure outdoor air is not entering the home through faulty cracks or openings around the panes of your windows and doors. Seal any air leaks by caulking or weather-stripping. And good insulation can extend further than the confines of your home – planting trees, shrubbery, and other consciously placed landscaping around your home can block the sun’s rays, provide much needed shade in the summer, and assist with blocking wind in colder months.
Now that you have a head start on energy saving cleaning tips that you can utilize throughout the whole year, let us take care of the rest! Our professional housecleaners are here for your cleaning needs! To sign up for an estimate, visit estimate.thecleaningauthority.com or 888-658-0659.