If you're used to doing a big spring cleaning every year, consider splitting it between spring and fall this year. To find out about five great indoor cleaning tips for fall, take our quiz.
In which season besides spring does it make sense to tackle some big home cleaning and maintenance jobs?
It makes sense to tackle some items on your cleaning list in the fall, before the cold weather sets in. It will help keep your house in order all year round.
You should have your furnace _____ each year before winter starts.
Before winter starts, you should hire a professional to inspect, clean and service any oil- or gas-fueled appliances in your home. Especially if your heating system is older, it is important to make sure that you do not have any dangerous carbon monoxide leaks.
How often should you replace your furnace filter?
It's a good idea to replace your furnace filter at least every three months to keep your furnace running efficiently and to keep dust from circulating throughout your house.
What percentage of our time do we spend indoors during the winter months?
During the winter, we spend about 90 percent of our time inside and according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air quality indoors is about two to five times more polluted than outdoors.
What's the best way to remove allergens from carpet?
Before winter starts, have your carpets deep cleaned to remove soil, mold and dust mites hidden in the pile. This will reduce allergens in the carpet more than vacuuming and will also prolong your carpet's life.
When is the best time of year to purge your wardrobe of unworn, outgrown or outdated winter clothes?
Spring is a great time to organize your winter wardrobe. Get rid of anything you haven't worn in over a year.
What should you do to your bedding before winter starts?
Take out your winter bedding that's been stored in the attic or basement all summer and wash everything in your washing machine to prepare it for winter.
Your clothes dryer uses about _____ times the energy your washer does.
Since your clothes dryer uses about three times the energy your washer does, you may want to consider setting up a temporary outdoor clothesline during your fall cleaning to save money and do your bit for the environment.
Window treatments should be:
Clean all of your window treatments before the cold weather starts. Check the labels to see which can be machine washed and which need to be professionally dry cleaned.
Where should you store your medicines?
Store your medicines in a cool, dry place like a bedroom. The basement and bathroom are too humid for long-term medicine storage.
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