While the weather this week doesn't exactly feel May-like -- even for Colorado -- it is a good time to tackle some spring cleaning projects inside your house that can help you save you money and use resources more efficiently.
Here are a few tips:
- Change furnace and air conditioning filters. A dirty or clogged furnace filter puts more strain on heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, which means they must work harder to produce the same level of air. By swapping out the old filter for a clean, new one, air quality is improved, and the system will run more efficiently.
- Change the direction of ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can increase a home’s energy efficiency by making rooms more comfortable with less climate control. When the weather warms, fans should rotate counterclockwise to create a cooling downdraft effect. Flip the fan switch to help offset the thermostat a few degrees higher later in the spring.
- De-lint the dryer. With every load a dryer’s lint trap should be cleaned, doing so maintains efficiency and helps with fire prevention. But stray particles of lint travel and can build up over time. Pull the dryer away from the wall and use a vacuum attachment to clean the entire exterior, especially the vents. Remove the lint trap and clean the space inside with a flexible bristle brush.
- Seal any air leaks. One of the best ways to maintain a home’s energy efficiency is to ensure that conditioned air is not seeping out through poorly sealed areas, such as windows and doors. Invest in some quality weather-stripping, caulking and other sealing aids to help keep cool air in and the warm air out.
Adding these activities to a spring maintenance schedule can pay off once the weather really starts heating up. We have even more energy-saving tips and landscaping information available at csu.org.