Now is an excellent time to clean up your home for better indoor air quality and a more livable abode. Why not take our advice and include your HVAC unit in your spring cleaning to help clear the air?
Here are a few quick tips for better indoor air quality:
Vacuum and dust everything. Getting rid of pet hair, dust and debris is your first line of defense against indoor air quality issues and can prevent a dirty HVAC system too. Clean behind everything, under everything and inside everything for better air quality. Ideally, vacuum only with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter or other built-in filtration to prevent spraying some of the dirt back into the house.
Change all air filters. This includes the filter on your HVAC system as well as any portable air conditioners, freestanding air purifiers and other devices. These filters are designed to trap debris, dirt, allergens and even fungus and prevent it circulating through your home – but no filter lasts forever without cleaning or replacement. Check the maker’s recommendations and change or clean filters every 30 to 60 days. This is the single biggest thing you can do to improve indoor air quality.
Add some humidifiers or dehumidifiers. These devices can increase your comfort while combating the growth of mildew and mold when used in connection with a properly functioning heating and air conditioning system. We recommend trying to keep indoor humidity at around 55 percent to prevent allergy attacks, nosebleeds and sore throats and to keep your skin moist. If you get it too damp inside, fungus can grow in kitchens and bathrooms.
Have your air ducts cleaned. If your ductwork is dirty, all the air flowing into your home from your HVAC system will be dirty too – even if the AC unit is clean and working well. Plus, buildup in your ducts can cause problems with the efficient operation of the heating and cooling system. While you don’t need to have your air ducts cleaned every year, it should certainly be done every 5 years or so – and more often if it’s particularly dusty at your home or you’ve had a problem with mold, mildew or other contaminants.
Getting a few houseplants is a good idea too – since plants are nature’s air cleaners. That’s something that’s easy to forget.
If you need help with your HVAC system spring cleaning, air duct cleaning or related concerns, please contact us. We’re here to help.