Contrary to common belief, spring cleaning involves more than just tidying up your home. It can also improve indoor air quality, which creates a healthier living environment for your family. Here’s what to include in your spring cleaning checklist:
- Change Your HVAC Filter: Your HVAC filter is designed to collect dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants. However, a clogged HVAC filter is practicality useless. Families who suffer from allergies and asthma symptoms should replace this filter monthly. It’s also a good idea to upgrade to a filter with a higher MERV rating, which helps trap smaller dust particles.
- Steam Clean Your Carpet: Dirty carpet makes your family more likely to get sick. In comparison to hardwood flooring, carpet harbors more germs and allergens. Even worse, it can foster the growth of mildew. Although it’s advisable to vacuum your carpet at least twice a week, steam cleaning is more effective at eliminating bacteria. The heat will also kill dust mites and bed bugs on the spot.
- Check the Condition of Your Window Screens: Research shows that indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoor pollution. Experts recommend opening your windows for at least 15 minutes a day. This simple step will help circulate fresh air throughout your home, which naturally boosts the immune system. However, remember to inspect the condition of your window screens. You need to keep out pests, especially mosquitoes and spiders.
- Eliminate Mold: Mold can dramatically worsen your home’s indoor air quality. High-moisture areas in your home are especially prone to developing mold. Don’t be surprised if you find mold lingering on your bathroom surfaces. You can kill it using a simple mixture of white vinegar and water. However, failing to take the necessary preventive measures will allow mold to quickly return. When showering, always run your bathroom ventilation fan. Also, avoid leaving wet towels lying around.
- Bring in Plants: According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, this is one of the top natural ways to combat poor indoor air quality. Not only do houseplants help create a more relaxing mood, but they can also help remove toxins from the air. Some of the best plants include English ivy, aloe vera, bamboo palm, and elephant ears.
Bottom line: While giving your home a thorough cleaning, be sure to address your indoor air quality. These simple steps can dramatically reduce airborne pollutants and cut down on the need to dust. For all of your indoor air quality needs, contact Air Care & Canyon Lake Air Conditioning at (210) 495-3555.