It’s spring and for us in New England, we are excited to be exiting winter and getting outside into the fresh air. But with spring comes pollen and other airborne particles that may cause allergies to kick in. And when that pollen and other particles get into your home, what do you do? Indoor air quality is a concern for many homeowners. Poor air quality can aggravate allergy and respiratory issues for your family. Here are a few tips to help you refresh the air in your home.
Open your windows
Nothing is better than being able to open windows and feel the fresh air in the spring, especially if we’ve had a cold winter. If the outdoor air is fresh and the pollen count is low, opening your windows can help. Letting fresh air in does help recycle the air in your home. Open the windows when it’s cool and comfortable and refresh your indoor air. Just be aware of the pollen count before you do that.
Keep your floors clean
Let’s start with the basics. Clean your home regularly and especially if you have pets. Did you know that your floors are your biggest priority for indoor air quality? When you come in from your daily walk, golf or other outdoor activities, your shoes track in all kinds of dirt, dust, and allergens. Left alone, this debris spreads throughout the home. A thorough spring cleaning is a great place to start with improving indoor air quality.
If you have hardwood or tile floors, sweep, mop and vacuum on a regular basis. Be sure to move furniture periodically to remove dust bunnies. If you have carpeting, you need to do more. Vacuuming and spot cleaning is good but you should get a professional deep cleaning for your carpets at least twice a year for better indoor air quality.
Change or clean your AC filters
Dirt and dust builds up on your air conditioner’s filter over time. When debris and residue build up in your air filters, it is only a matter of time before it starts to spread throughout the rest of the house. Regularly clean or change the filters of your system. Also don’t neglect having your system serviced annually as well. This will ensure you have clean, functional filters that aren’t spreading dust and allergens throughout your home.
Clean your ductwork
If your home uses ductwork for your HVAC system, duct cleaning is a key step to improve indoor air quality. Dust and allergens build up in ductwork and is blown into the home when you run your HVAC system. If you haven’t had your air ducts cleaned in years, it is time to call a professional to have them cleaned. Having your air ducts cleaned not only vastly improves air quality, but it also will save you money on energy costs.
Control the humidity
Humidity plays a huge role in indoor air quality and home comfort. A humid home is a breeding ground for dust mites, allergens, and mold. These can be extremely dangerous or potentially toxic. Keep the humidity in your home at a safe level to keep allergens and pollutants under control.
Ideally, the humidity should be between 30-50%. Having your humidity above 50% can breed dust mites, mildew, mold, and trigger allergies or other health problems. Below 30% can cause dry skin, colds and coughs and other respiratory issues.
Buy air-purifying plants
Air-purifying houseplants can naturally remove toxins, dusts and germs from the air. Different plants are needed to remove the different types of indoor air pollution so make sure you have a variety of plants throughout your home.
If you have experienced these issues with your indoor air quality, take the time to assess the causes. Keeping the air in your home pure and breathable requires a little preventive maintenance. Cleaning your home and opening your windows will help, but if you still have issues, call your local experts at Lakeside Oil for help.