The history of spring cleaning and why your air-con needs it too
Spring, the season of new life, new beginnings, sunshine and sprouting plants. For those who like to keep the family home under control, Spring Cleaning is also on the agenda. The term ‘spring cleaning’ has been around for many generations, and is the process of thoroughly cleaning the house at the beginning of the season. It’s also become a metaphorical moniker for all kinds of deep cleaning.
Spring cleaning is such a popular term and activity worldwide. Have you ever wondered how it all started? Different researchers have traced the origins of the practice back to multiple cultural and religious traditions, as well as basic human biology. Some of the proposed origins include:
- Iranian Nowruz or Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians traditionally cleaned their homes right before the New Year, from top to bottom, including the curtains and the furniture.
- The ancient Jews practiced spring cleaning by comprehensively cleansing their homes in anticipation of Passover (spring-time festival) each year. Passover was held in remembrance of the speedy escape made by the Israelites from their captivity in Egypt. The holiday dictates that they refrain from various unclean things, hence the importance to clean-up beforehand.
- Catholic traditions in regards to Maundy Thursday. The church altar (and everything associated with it) was and still is, thoroughly cleaned the day before Good Friday, which occurs in spring in the Northern Hemisphere. From here, it became tradition for parishioners to do the same with their homes at Easter (spring) time.
- Northern hemisphere climate. In North America and Northern Europe in particular, it was particularly practical to start extensive cleaning in the spring time due to the cold, wet weather experienced throughout the winter. Houses were kept warm through the winter using coal furnaces, so come spring it was time to wash the soot from the walls and furniture. Spring was also the most efficient time to dust and clean as it was finally warm enough to open windows and doors, but not so hot that insects became a problem.
- Humans and winter hibernation. Whilst we aren’t known to fully hibernate like bears or snakes or bats, winter does make people more sluggish and tired. We also have less daylight over the winter, which triggers the release of extra melatonin in our brains. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for drowsiness. So, we don’t biologically have the energy or capacity to do deep cleaning in the winter… the state of the house turns to disarray, and then spring arrives with sunlight and our motivation in tow.
If spring cleaning is something you enjoy or just traditionally undertake in the home, you’re normal! It’s something we’ve been doing for hundreds of years, and it would seem it’s not just a historical tradition, it’s literally rooted in our blood. As you go about dusting, vacuuming and cleaning out your cupboards, don’t forget about the areas of your home that aren’t as easy to see. Your air-conditioning, for example, has likely run all winter long to keep you warm.
Air-conditioners require regular maintenance, cleaning and servicing in order to continue operating at peak efficiency. A well-maintained system will:
- Operate at peak efficiency, reducing the electrical running costs, as well as the cost of having to regularly replace parts.
- Last longer, protecting your investment.
- Produce clean air, maintaining indoor air quality in your home.
Right now, Clements are offering Fixed Price servicing at $75, though this is only for a limited time. You can add the air-conditioner to your spring cleaning list by calling the experts at Clements on 4932 3833. Modern technology has made spring cleaning SO much easier, after all, getting a service and clean for your air-con is a lot more convenient than cleaning soot off the walls!