Start by checking the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms—it’s crucial that they work if there is an emergency. While you’re at it, spring is a great time to check other batteries around your home. For example, if you have wireless equipment for your home security system, make sure it has fresh batteries.
Spring is allergy season for a lot of people, and while you can’t control what is in the air outside, there are a lot of things you can do about the air in your home.
- Invest in a HEPA air purifier (HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air. HEPA air filters are especially good at eliminating small particles from the air in your home)
- Replace the HVAC filters in your home. We suggest replacing them at the beginning of each season, but if you have pets or are prone to allergies, you should replace them more frequently. We also suggest cleaning your filters in between replacements so they’re more effective. (It will keep the air cleaner and make your air conditioning and heating systems more efficient.)
Spring often follows flu season, so it’s a good time to make sure your medicine cabinet and first aid kits are restocked.
- Properly dispose of any expired medicine. At best, it’s less effective, and at worst it can be dangerous.
- Replace medication that has been used up—especially basics like cold medicine, fever reducers, and painkillers.
- Stock up on bandages and antibacterial ointment. (This is particularly useful if you’ve got kids who will be out having adventures that could result in scraped knees and elbows.)
Mold can build up in cold, dark, damp places around your home. Spring is a smart time to inspect your house. We recommend checking areas where there’s less ventilation and areas where moisture accumulates. Just be sure to wear a mask and gloves while you’re inspecting your house. If you find mold, we suggest calling a local professional since there could be mold you can’t see on your own, and they can completely eliminate the problem.
>>Read our full guide on How to Handle Mold.
Spend some time this spring inspecting places in your home you don’t normally check during routine cleaning.
- Underneath your kitchen sink
- The attic
- The basement
- The area around your water heater and furnace
- Near vents (for example, behind your dryer)