Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to take some time to examine your indoor air quality. We spend a significant amount of time indoors, and what you breathe there can impact your health, sometimes over time and sometimes very quickly. That’s why it pays to make sure the air quality in your home is as clean as you can make it.
Give your home a thorough check for mold or mildew. Mold can flourish anywhere there is heat and moisture. It is often found in places such as kitchens, bathrooms, and near your washing machine since overfilled drip pans can lead to standing water. However, it can turn up anywhere, and pipe leaks can lead to unwanted mold near the leak, regardless of what room it appears in. If you find you have mold in your home, you should call a professional to find out what to do to remove it as soon as possible.
You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again: you should change your indoor air filters every month. This may seem like overkill, but a lot of particulates and dander can build up over thirty days. You want your filter to trap dust and other airborne particles, but you don’t want to keep breathing them over and over again once they’re captured.
Your registers, or vent covers, also have an impact on what ends up in the air you breathe inside your home. While your air filter traps particles that pass through, your air also has to go through your registers into your home. If your registers are caked with dust those particles go right into your air. It’s also important to make sure your registers are clear so air can flow easily.
Whole house air purifiers are just what they sound like: filtration systems that work with your HVAC system to ensure that air in your home is as clean as possible. This is an extra step you can take advantage of in addition to changing your regular air filters and cleaning your registers. There are different types of whole house air purifiers and the right one depends on your needs.
Pets and house plants can have a pretty significant effect on your air quality as well. Make sure to brush or groom long haired pets often to keep loose hair to a minimum. Vacuum carpets and furniture regularly as well. If you’re a fan of house plants, we’ve got good news: some house plants do a great job of helping purify air in your home! Some easy to care for favorites include aloe vera, snake plants, and spider plants (make sure to keep your plants away from pets if you have them).
Looking for more tips on improving your indoor air quality, or concerned that your ventilation system isn’t doing its job? Contact the experts and AirOne Heating and Air Conditioning, an HVAC contractor in San Marcos, TX, to get help.