Mar 24, 2016
How To Spring Clean Your Home Security
The dark cloud of winter has officially come and gone, making this the perfect time to clear the clutter from your life in all areas – right down to home security.
Wondering where to start? Check out our easy-to-follow spring cleaning guide down below!
1. Test Out Security Device Batteries
You never know when your smoke detector batteries will give out or when the backup batteries on your home security system are running on their last leg. Take the time to give them a quick check to make sure they can save you when you need them most!
PS- don’t forget to check your thermostat’s batteries, too. A Piper user named Bob neglected to check up on his before leaving home for an extended period of time & would have returned to frozen pipes if it weren’t for his Piper & son.
2. Get Your Ice Out Of The Gutter
Winter likes to leave gifts behind every once in a while. Check your gutter’s drawing and downspout to make sure there isn’t any ice blocking off the incoming rain’s ability to flow properly. Allowing your gutters to remain clogged can result in damage to your roof and foundation, causing leaks to occur in your home…often in spaces you wouldn’t notice without a water sensor.
3. Cover Your Window Cracks
Window wells are designed to drain rainwater and preserve soil, but even windows equipped with them are susceptible to cracks. That’s why we advise closely inspecting your windows to make sure they’re properly sealed so that water doesn’t have the opportunity to seep into your basement.
4. Use Low VOC Paint For Your Home Makeover
Thinking of repainting your home this spring season? You’re not the only one. It’s very common for people to wait until the winter passes before painting their homes due to the inability to air out the home during frigid months. One thing you should take into consideration when choosing your wall colour is the sort of paint you’d like to use in your home – especially if you’ve got children and/or pets.
VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in the average can of paint are suspected carcinogens that are released into the air when paint dries. It’s also been suggested that VOCs may cause headaches and dizziness to those who come in contact with them, and although the U.S. federal government has ruled that the VOC limit in paint doesn’t surpass 230 g/l for flat finishes, there are a handful of pain manufacturers that use only 20% of that limit, making their options low VOC.
5. Clean Out Your Chimney
Spring is the best time to clean out your chimney, for obvious reasons. If you’re unsure about when you should clean out your chimney, keep in mind people usually do it after about 50 uses.
When chimney sweeping, you’re most often looking for the creosote that builds up when wood isn’t properly burned. Though you can use guides found around the Internet to help teach you how to clean out your chimney, it may be safest to have a professional take care of it for you, as the typical $150 fee is a lot cheaper to cover than the damage a chimney fire could cost.
6. Refill Your First Aid Kit
If you went through some first aid kit supplies over the winter and never got around to replenishing your supply, then don’t put it off any longer! Head over to your local drugstore and get the supplies you’ll need the next time an emergency arises.
7. Inspect Your Air Conditioner
Now that warmer weather is on the horizon, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got a well functioning air conditioner handy. When it comes to air conditioners, you’ve got to be diligent about replacing and cleaning filters (you don’t want dusty air and increased energy bills, do you?), checking for damaged wires, etc. Use this awesome guide to make sure you’re looking for the right things when spring cleaning your air conditioner.
8. Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
If you’re ready to give your home a huge spring cleaning scrub down, then consider the sorts of chemicals you might use – especially if you’re taking care of children or pets. Here are 5 natural cleaning products you should consider switching to.
When it comes to cleaning solutions (and even the paint we talked about earlier!) I’d suggest safely storing them away in a cupboard secured by a door/window sensor accessory to make sure that you’re immediately alerted in the event that any of your children manage to open the door.
Well there you have it; 8 easy ways to spring clean your home security!
Is there anything you’d add to our list? Feel free to share your own tips in the comments below!