Spring treasure; At home
Wednesday is the first day of Spring, finally. Some winters are longer feeling, colder or more devastatingly destructive than others, but I always find myself breathing out the same word, finally.
Not only should we recognize the needs and wants in our gardens, activities, routines, vacations and interacting; it is equally important to maintain and care for our homes. After a cold and unforgiving many months our dwellings are also ready for a bit of tlc.
I encourage and practice the following:
• Change furnace filters. This is especially important if you have allergy sufferers. I believe it is recommended to change them every 3 months. Like anything, this could depend on any pets, allergy sufferers, children, elderly living in the house; or maybe even the age of your furnace.
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Duct cleaning; before the windows breeze blows around. ‘Food for Thought’: When we got our house built and had our ducts cleaned; we found garbage, nails, and wood in the ducts.
• Check fire gauge on extinguishers.
• Wash garage floor before water restrictions. When it’s a little warmer, I will get out the pressure washer for the deck, patio, windows and siding.
• Look over the exterior of your house for debris in eaves trough or even ways to keep the cool in and heat out.
• Possibly re-seal the deck.
• Seal any holes or areas that might welcome wasps, ants or rodents.
Hopefully this has been helpful and hasn’t made you too busy to go for regular walks to see this season in bloom.