5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Indoor Air Quality
Aah. Spring is in the air, but that’s not the only thing.
For many, spring cleaning is in full-swing. This means doing everything you haven’t done since last spring: scrubbing floors, wiping away dust, shining up windows, and Lysoling everything in sight. While you’re probably thinking your home is getting the works, are you failing to forget something? Perhaps something as important as the air your family breathes?
Believe it or not, the average home’s air actually contains two to five times more pollutants than the air outside.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to your health. As pollen and other spring allergens are on the rise, there is no better time than now to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Read below to find out five things you can do to spring clean your air.
1. Change Your Air Filters
First and foremost, when was the last time you changed your filters? Your air filters play a major role in your home’s indoor air quality. Dirty filters clogged with dust and debris restrict airflow and allow particulate pollutants to travel through your ducts and into the air you breathe. We recommend that you replace your filters every 30-60 days.
2. Clean Your Ducts
Never disregard the importance of this one. Your air ducts are what circulates the air from your HVAC system directly into your home. As time goes on, dirt, pet dander, and outside pollutants accumulate inside your ducts. Eventually, these allergens will pollute the air you breathe inside your home. It is incredibly important that you have a qualified professional clean your air ducts every three to five years.
3. Regular AC Maintenance
When it comes to your indoor air quality, your AC system is your best friend. The cool air inside your home was once drawn from outside by your air conditioning system, but before the air is dispersed in your home it is filtered by your system to remove pollutants. In order for your AC system to provide clean, healthy air for you home, it needs to be running efficiently. Regular seasonal maintenance will ensure that your system is pouring fresh and pure air into your home.
4. Install a UV Light in Your Syste
UV lights installed in HVAC systems use ultraviolet light to kill viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants before they get a chance to circulate through your home’s air. They also combat the reproductive cycle of allergy-causing mold spores which results in less mold buildup in your system. Having a qualified professional install a UV light in your air conditioning system can greatly reduce allergy symptoms and improve your home’s indoor air quality.
5. Install a Dehumidifier
Maintaining a proper level of humidity is crucial to minimize the growth of mold, bacteria, viruses, and other allergy-causing microbes. An apt humidity level is also extremely important in terms of providing your family with a comfortable and healthy indoor environment.
Dehumidifiers work with your HVAC system to control the humidity level inside your home by drawing moist air through the return ductwork to your unit where it is cooled and condensed before it returns to your home. Getting a central dehumidifier professionally installed will eliminate excessive moisture, musty odors, and allow your family to breathe easier.
The air quality of your home greatly attributes to the health and safety of your family. Putting indoor air quality on your spring cleaning to-do list will greatly benefit your family during allergy season and all year long. Contact your indoor air quality Solution Specialists at the Spengler Company, and breathe cleaner air today. (618) 206-0022