1. Household Chore Checklist: Tasks for the Year Ahead
  • Household Chore Checklist: Seasonal Tasks to Add to Your Calendar

    December 09, 2018

    Plug these important home maintenance to-dos into your calendar to keep your house in tip-top shape.

    It’s easy to remember weekly household cleaning and maintenance, but do bigger, less frequent household chores seem to fall of your radar? Grab your calendar and schedule in these important tasks for the upcoming year.

    • January, April, July, October:

      For optimal performance, we recommend you change the air filter in your heating and cooling system at least every three months. If a memo in your calendar isn’t enough to remind you, try the Filtrete™ Smart Air Filter. Its companion Filtrete™ Smart App monitors the life of your filter and sends you a mobile notification when it’s time to change.

      March and September:

      Every six months, do a top-to-bottom kitchen clean.
       

      • Deep clean your fridge and freezer. First, transfer the food into coolers, and then remove and wash shelving with hot, soapy water. Before putting everything back, wipe down the interior and exterior, including the door handles.
      • Clean your oven. Remove the racks (wash those separately), and spread a paste made of 3/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup warm water throughout the oven’s interior. Leave it overnight, and the next morning, remove the paste with a plastic scraper and wipe away any leftover residue with a damp cloth.
      • Pull all appliances away from the wall and vacuum behind them—don’t forget to vacuum the refrigerator coils!
      • Degrease your range hood filter by soaking it in hot, soapy water.
      • Reorganize your pantry, and use the opportunity to toss anything that’s expired.

      Spring:

      Spring cleaning is good for the soul—not to mention your home’s appearance and indoor air quality. Set aside a few weekends to do the following:
       

      • Make an appointment to have your air conditioning system serviced.
      • Check all your exterior vents for blockages—this includes your dryer vent and other exhaust vents that lead outside your home. If you suspect a vent is blocked, call a professional.
      • Tidy up your garage, paying special attention to the proper storage of chemicals and hazardous materials. This Federal Emergency Management Agency household chemicals fact sheet  can help you safely navigate this task.
      • Wash windows inside and out. A solution of half vinegar and half water will help prevent streaks. Don’t forget to tackle the screens!
      • Move furniture and vacuum underneath—you’ll be surprised at what you find.

      Fall:

      When temperatures start to dip, give your home some TLC to help it recover from summer and get ready for winter. Even if you live in a climate that’s warm year-round, these chores are still beneficial to both your family and your home.
       

      • Vacuum window screens.
      • Clean out gutters.
      • Sweep the fireplace and chimney.
      • Hire an HVAC professional to perform a maintenance/safety check on your furnace.