It’s the time of year where you’re preparing for winter by cleaning tile, decluttering closets, and trying to improve your energy efficiency.
Household budgets get a little tight as the holidays approach, so you don’t want to worry about high electricity bills and home repairs, when you get ready for winter’s arrival now.
T.A.C.T. has a few ideas on how to get your home ready for the holidays, along with some great ways to help improve your energy efficiency.
Cleaning the House
Decluttering your home now means when the winter clothes, presents, and decorations come out, there’s more space for it all. Take it one room at a time and get rid of anything broken or unused. Donate items that you’re tired or have a surplus of in your home.
If you’re like most, you’re probably planning a big holiday meal. Go through your refrigerator and throw out all products and food that have expired, so you know what you need to repurchase. Also, do a deep clean of your fridge and oven, so they are in the best possible condition.
Preparing the Inside of Your Home
With more structural fires occurring during the winter than in the summer, now is the time to replace smoke detector batteries even if they’re not beeping. More fires occur this time of year than in summer because of heating equipment that malfunctions. A properly functioning smoke detector can help you call for help before a fire grows out of control.
With cooler temperatures and the need for your heater, carbon monoxide is a more significant issue during the winter. With people using furnaces and fireplaces during the cold months, replacing the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector is critical. You’ll also want to check the dates on your fire extinguishers.
A good tip to reduce how often you turn that heat up to warm your home is to reverse your ceiling fans. If your fan is moving clockwise, it pushes rising warm air back down and pulls cold air up. The winter setting on your fans will promote a more comfortable living environment for you and your family.
Preparing the Outside
When the leaves have stopped falling, pull out your ladder and clean the gutters. You’ll help ensure that water drains to the correct area without damaging the roof, the basement, and your yard. Damage to these areas of your home is more likely when you allow gutters to overflow when they aren’t cleaned out beforehand.
Examine areas of your roof where there’s a roof opening or grade change like around chimneys. These areas are called flashings and are more susceptible to wear and leaking. Keeping these areas watertight eliminates the headache of having to deal with water penetration when the temperature drops drastically.
If you have a grass lawn, make sure you’re fertilizing and trimming it appropriately before it gets too cold. Fertilizing your lawn replaces the soil nutrients lost during hot summers. Keeping your yard trimmed to about 2 ½ inches in length will protect your grass.
For the northern part of the valley that could deal with the possibility of winter freezes or even snow, this is even more important. If your grass is more than 3 inches high, snow could compress your lawn and end up ruining it by spring.
Professional Grout and Tile Cleaning
Investing in professional grout and tile cleaning can keep your tile flooring looking like new for longer. It can also help extend its useful lifespan and make you feel better about having family over for the holidays.
T.A.C.T. Elite Cleaning Services uses state-of-the-art, truck-mounted equipment, along with specialized tools to provide Valley residents and businesses with a revolutionary three-step cleaning process.
This unique process uses a non-toxic cleaning agent, which leaves no soil-attracting residue behind, ensuring you receive the best results. Contact us at (602) 633-2015 for more information or to schedule an appointment.