The temperatures are rising, days are longer and the trees and flowers are budding. These are all sure signs that spring is coming! As homeowners, spring also signals the time of year to take care of some basic maintenance and upkeep. Simple steps now can reap big rewards later.
Spring cleaning harkens to the days when homes were heated by fireplaces, and efforts were made to prevent heat from escaping. This is not unlike the many New England homes that primarily heat with wood or pellet stoves. These types of heat sources comes with more dust and dirt than others.
The coming of spring and warm weather provides an opportunity to air out the house and clean it of soot and all the grime accumulated over the winter months. Another reason for cleaning in spring is that warmer weather and longer days of sunshine act as a stimulant for a lot of people to become more active.
Memories of spring cleaning marathons may make us frown and look for other things to do as the sunny days lengthen and the weather warms. But, many of us still enjoy the opportunity provided by spring to let in fresh air, clean our homes and wash the floor difficult-to-reach places.
One key piece of your spring cleaning should be your heating system. For all heating systems, including pellet heating systems, spring is a great time to have your system serviced. This gets everything in tip top shape and ready to go for the start of the next heating season.
If you are a pellet customer and do not use your system to heat your domestic hot water, then you most likely will shut it down for the warmer months. If you do this, make sure to empty your ash box. We like to clean boilers that won’t be run during the summer months soon after shut off so ash doesn’t pick up moisture.
Maine Energy, our boiler and furnace supplier, offers a great instructional video to refresh your memory on how to empty that ash box.
Ash left to sit in your system throughout the warm weather can absorb moisture from the air. This moisture will make the ash harden and the valve from the ash box to the boiler can get plugged up. What to do with that ash? Just till it in your garden, add it to your compost or spread it on the lawn.
If you turn your system off or use your system to make hot water year-round, you still should have your system serviced each year. An annual boiler service can prevent potential problems, avoid unwanted disruption, ensure maximum heating efficiency, and keep energy bills to a minimum.
But why stop at just your heating system?! There are many other areas of your home that could probably use a good spring cleaning. Spring has always been a time to renew and refresh. HGTV offers some ideas to work on during these warm spring days so have a look!