Handy at Home

Make Your Home Feel Clean and Fresh Again

Keep your home comfortable for your family to enjoy during the colder months.
February 2018

Spring may be right around the corner, but until then, cold weather could be keeping indoors a little while longer — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It’s important to stay ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. Here are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.

• Wash windows: Washing away dirt and water marks from your windows and screens gives you a clear view of the outdoors and lets in more natural light. It will also make your home feel lighter and brighter, keeping cabin fever at bay. And to help prevent air from leaking in or escaping, try using weatherstripping or caulk around your windows. You’ll stay cozy and save on your energy bill.

• Don’t forget to look up: After tackling floors, dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. These hard-to-reach and hard-to-see places can harbor dust. And while you’re up there, change the direction of your ceiling fans to counterclockwise for the winter. This will keep air moving, but circulate warm air instead of cooling the room down.

• Clean around your HVAC: With the heater on, be sure to clear the area around your HVAC unit to make sure there is nothing blocking the flow of air. Next, remember to swap out that filter for maximum effectiveness and change your filter every 90 days.

• Turn on the humidifier: Increasing the humidity in your home during the cooler months adds moisture to your air and living space. This raises the “heat index,” making 68 degrees feel more like 76 degrees. If your house has low humidity, you may notice chapped lips, dry skin or a dry, sore throat.

Each of these simple projects can help make your home feel fresh and cozy for your family to enjoy. For more information, visit www.filtretevac.com —(BPT).


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