According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Autumnal Equinox occurred at 3:20 PM EDT yesterday, September 22. Also known as the September or fall equinox, the duration of day and night were almost equal, marking the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, you can expect the shorter days and longer nights between now and the Winter Solstice on Tuesday, December 21. It’s also officially time for home maintenance.
Fall brings with it cooler temperatures, stunning foliage, and pumpkin spice drinks and treats.
In North Carolina, the return of fall also includes season-specific adventures such as picking fresh apples, creative ways to witness nature’s beauty, and the 2021 N.C State Fair. The State Fair – scheduled from October 14 to October 24 in Raleigh – is the largest family-friendly local event and the largest, lasting ten days, agriculture event in the nation that draws a substantial crowd to the area each year.
In addition, the changing seasons highlight the importance of completing some essential home maintenance tasks, ensuring your home is ready for the chill of winter. These tasks can help you avoid getting sick, improve indoor air, prevent hazardous conditions, and leave your house looking its best. Best of all, they can all be completed by hiring a professional, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your favorite fall activities.
Clean and Disinfect
Autumn doesn’t only signify sweater weather, falling leaves, and pumpkin patches. It is also cold and flu season. The CDC reports that influenza activity typically increases in October. In addition, the ongoing pandemic highlights the importance of taking simple precautions such as frequent handwashing, wearing face masks, and maintaining a six-foot distance from others. Equally essential is cleaning frequently touched surfaces using soap and water and then disinfecting with an EPA-registered disinfectant. Green Clean NC offers disinfecting services for homes, offices, and schools to promote healthy indoor environments.
Give Your Ducts Some TLC
Improve the efficiency of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit by changing the air filters every two to three months. Of course, you should also hire Green Clean NC to do a system-wide air duct cleaning if you notice substantial dust buildup. These home maintenance tasks help trap and remove common pollutants such as dust, pet dander, and pollen to improve indoor air quality. According to the EPA, that is particularly essential for homes with allergies or asthma, especially since concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher indoors than typical outdoor concentrations.
Prevent Potential Fire Hazards
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to around 13,820 residential structure fires caused by clothes dryers for each year between 2014 and 2018. About 32 percent of these fires were caused by a failure to clean, allowing highly flammable lint to build up and ignite in 27 percent of dryer fires. Green Clean NC offers dryer vent cleaning to help you reduce fire risk and increase energy efficiency. Although larger households may want to consider semi-annual cleanings, dryer vent cleanings should be done once per year, minimum.
Have Your Carpets Professionally Deep Cleaned
Carpet adds beauty, comfort, and warmth to a home. However, best practices ensure it continues to provide these benefits and promote good indoor air quality. These include regularly vacuuming the flooring and having it professionally deep cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Green Clean NC uses advanced equipment and techniques, along with environmentally friendly solutions, to penetrate deep into the fibers of your carpet and extract dirt and allergens. We won’t stop until you are 100% satisfied with our carpet cleaning results.
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