Most homeowners have a “honey-do” list, even if they penned it themselves.
But when the outdoor temperature is equivalent to that of an oven, you may look at that list and think, “Honey, there’s no way I want to do anything outside.”
With windows usually closed and lots of dust accumulating inside, there are plenty of indoor home maintenance tasks needing your attention. You’ll feel productive – and breathe easier, too – when you shake the dust off your list and:
- Check your air conditioner filter. If it’s clogged with dirt – and it probably is if it’s been a few months since you took a good look at it – replace it with a new one. A dirty filter undercuts the efficiency of your air conditioner and can even cause it to shut down. Some of that dust travels right through the ducts and into your home, too.
- Clean out your dryer vent. A clogged vent wastes energy and forces your dryer to run longer. Worse, it can pose a fire hazard.
- Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator. Brace yourself for the moment you move the refrigerator away from the wall. If it’s been a while since you tackled this home maintenance task, you may be startled by the dust, dirt and crumbs you’ll find. Removing it all will help ensure the compressor doesn’t falter.
- Dust your ceiling fans. And be prepared for the clumps of dust you’re bound to find. Spread a drop cloth on the floor unless you are planning to mop or vacuum when you’re done. You can stop some of the dust from flying by cleaning the blades with a dryer sheet (because the dust will cling to the sheet). Since kitchen ceiling fans can be magnets for grease and grime, plan to clean the blades with a de-greaser after you remove the dust.
- Clean and deodorize your mattress. You may be wondering, “Is there really dust in there?” Health experts say that since dust is ubiquitous and penetrating, you can count on it. You also breathe the dust every night, so remove the mattress cover, vacuum the mattress and sprinkle baking soda over the top. Let it settle in so it can remove any odors before vacuuming again.
- Restore the full functionality of your keyboards. Turn older ones upside down first to shake free the loose particles that have fallen inside. Then spray compressed air around the keys before following up with a disinfectant wipe.
Dusting Off Your Las Vegas Home Maintenance Checklist
Like many of the home maintenance tasks above, going on a “dusting spree” will inevitably expand in scope. Make the most of your gathering steam and:
- Use dryer sheets or microfiber cloths instead of paper towels to get a grip on dust.
- Work from the top down in a room so you only need to vacuum or clean the floor once.
- After you’re finished dusting, restore a shine to surfaces (except wood) with a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water.
Lastly, cover your bases with an HVAC preventive maintenance membership. As you work feverishly on one Las Vegas home maintenance project after another, the last thing you need to worry about is your air conditioner shutting down. Keep your cool and call Instant Air today at (702) 385-2665.