Our job as independent insurance agents is to help you mitigate the risk that exists in your life whether that applies to your possessions or your personal well-being. A Spring cleaning checklist can ensure that you tackle easy tasks now to avoid paying for costly repairs or damage down the road.
Spring is typically the time when most families do that first big clean in the house to remove the last remnants of the winter season. The desert southwest welcomes Spring much earlier than other parts of the country so now is the time to get your home in shape for Summer. This list will help you.
- Change the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Traditionally this act is performed twice a year at the two the time changes. These devices have saved thousands of lives, and that far exceeds the money that can be saved by limiting the damage to a home and its contents.
- Clean the heating/cooling vents – Besides promoting greater efficiency and comfort within your home, relieving any additional burdens on your heater and air conditioning units, can extend their life and save on unnecessary replacement costs and repairs. We sometimes forget that while we are sitting in a cooled 78 degree home, our air conditioning unit is working very hard with an exposure to temperatures above a 100 degrees for hours at a time.
- Change your air filters – Similar to the reasons listed on the previous bullet point, a clean air flow, reduces the efforts of your air conditioning and heating units in performing their functions, in turn, extending the lives of the units motor.
- Get the carpets & tile cleaned – There are obvious aesthetic reasons behind wanting clean floors, as well as the knowledge that comes with knowing that the more you clean them, the longer they will maintain their beauty. However, keeping them clean will also reduce the likelihood of bacteria and mold growing and causing further harm and damage to your home, family and pets.
- Give the oven a good scrub – While reducing any foul odors that can result in old burnt food being heated each time you turn on your oven, keeping it clean also allows for your burners to operate properly, and most importantly, limiting your exposure to grease fires and true catastrophic loss of property and life.
- Remove and clean the air filter for mounted microwave ovens – All filters are designed to limit particles from either entering or exiting vents. The microwave oven is no different, and keeping these filters clean, limit over working your motor and the potential for loss.
- Clean the shelves in the refrigerator – There are a number of reasons to keep your fridge stocked and prepared for any event. However, making sure that there are no items that have turned is paramount in protecting the rest of the food in the fridge from needless exposure to bacteria and accelerating their spoilage. This not only saves in the cost of throwing away food, but you are also limiting your exposure to tainted items that could result in illness and greater issues.
- Trim the trees early – Keeping dangerous branches at bay, can absolutely limit your exposure to potential car damage and personal injury, not only to you and your property, but that of neighbors and visitors. Additionally, branches that hang over can drip paint damaging sap, drop fruit, provide a haven for pigeons, rats, and other disease carrying animals, and not keeping your trees properly pruned, can limit their ability to grow into the shade providing beauties you envisioned when first planting.
- Consider a switch to energy efficient light bulbs – The new breed of LED lighting can save you money in many ways. The bulbs themselves can last in excess of ten years, the wattage output requires less than half of incandescents, they visually provider greater light, and, because they burn at lesser degrees, the lower heat emission given off of them results in cooler temperatures around your fixtures.
- Test the fire extinguishers – Every fire extinguisher is tagged with important information regarding the care and maintenance of it. Be mindful that any great life saving device is only as good as its maintenance record.
- Clean the BBQ grill – Similar to that of your oven, a clean grill is most efficient and safe when maintained on a regular basis. Keeping your fuel lines clear and grease free can ensure safe bbq’ing for many years.
We live in a world of chaos, and knowing that all things begin to breakdown the moment they come out of the box, we should also know that proper maintenance and attention to detail could save us thousands of dollars over our lifetimes, and could quite possibly save the lives of those we hold dear.
While these are but a few examples of a Spring Cleaning Checklist that can be done around the home, reach out to your JPG representative and spend a few minutes spring cleaning your insurance policies.
No one knows more about you and your needs than you yourself. As life changes, so should your insurance needs. Make sure that time is taken to avoid the pitfalls of our changing seasons.