Spring is in the air, and cleaning, appliance repair and care needs to be at the top of your to-do list. It is the perfect season to make sure that your dwelling is in full working order -- starting with workhorses such as refrigerator, dishwasher, your oven and such. While you are cleaning out your closet, generally prepping for the summer and having your roof inspected after that blustery winter, don't forget about the devices that keep you cozy year round.
There's a new method of spring cleaning, and it starts with appliance maintenance. Make certain each of those things is completed before school ends for summer break (or you start planning that Fourth of July barbeque):
1. Have all appliances inspected
This includes the washer/dryer, fridge, oven/stove, dishwasher, microwave and any large appliance you could possibly have. Ideally, these systems should be inspected twice per year in the spring and fall. Also, ensure that your HVAC system is checked, since you will be changing from heat to AC earlier than you think.
2. Clean the cooker (really)
Hopefully, you've upgraded to a self-cleaning oven in recent years. Otherwise, now's the time for some serious elbow grease. Consider an upgrade in case your oven/cooker combo is outdated and not as green as you'd like. Many quality, used ranges are available for anyone on a budget.
3. Consider means for greener usage
When it is merely using industrial cleaning products the drier when needed and hang- drying clothes, or altering the settings in your dishwasher, you can probably save your appliances some unneeded work. If abused, they are able to be serious energy and cash sucks. However, newer appliances have green leanings, and also you can probably fix your usage to optimize energy conservation.
Unplug it when it is not in use, if you don't use an appliance or device multiple times per day. It is out of pure laziness that many people keep their coffee makers and even hairdryers plugged in 24/7. Re commit to your greener family going into the spring.
5. Make use of the products that are best
Your appliances are from time to time only as great as the products you use. Going having a bargain brand leave an appliance unable of doing its finest work, and otherwise can occasionally clog up systems. Do not splurge when it comes to the appliance, save and then attempt to scrimp with the complementary products.
Above all, make sure that your appliances are still serving you.