The Rainbow Road: Thoughts on Life, Health, and Good Food
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Eco-Friendly Spring Maintenance Tips
March 27, 2017
Spring is in the air and along with getting ready for shorts and sandal weather, homeowners also have to consider getting their homes ready for a seasonal change. Spring Cleaning is one thing, but there are many things homeowners must do in order to make sure their homes are safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly. Here are a few eco-friendly maintenance tips to help get your home ready for spring and help you save money on energy costs this season:
Change Your Air Filter
After months cooped up inside, your air filter is probably pretty dirty at this point. Typically, HVAC companies recommend homeowners change their filters at least twice per year, but if you have pets at home or live with allergies, you may want to consider changing it more often.
Replacing your air filter at the start of the season will help ensure your air conditioner is ready to work efficiently and cost-effectively when the time comes. It will also help reduce allergy symptoms in your home.
Switch to Natural Cleaning Products
While planning your Spring Cleaning Bonanza, try to switch to natural cleaning products. At Rainbow Foods, we have numerous cleaners that are perfect for all your Spring Cleaning needs. With natural scents derived from lemons and lavender, these products will leave your home smelling fresh and ready to welcome the spring.
Setup a Rain Barrel
If you have a garden or flowerbed at home, a rain barrel is a valuable asset to have. You can use any large barrel and set it up so your eaves trough siphons water into it. As you collect water from all the April Showers we should be getting, you are helping reduce water runoff while collecting water for your garden or flowerbed. Using rainwater helps conserve and reuse water. Not only is it simple and cost-effective to set up, but it could also help save money on your water bill!
Inspect Your Home for Damage
During the winter, your home may sustain damage that you don’t even notice because of the snow. When the snow starts to melt, it’s important to do a one-over of your home to make sure everything is still in good condition. Checking things like the eaves trough, roof shingles, and windows will help uncover any potential problems. Looking for cracks in the concrete and checking your pipes for leaks to repair will also save you money on your water bill and conserve water in your home.
How are you getting ready for spring?