Indoor Air Quality Suggestions to Help You Breathe Easier
Spring! It’s the time of year where we all want to get outside or fling open our windows and enjoy some fresh air blowing through our homes after a long winter of being cooped-up inside. But wait – before you settle into a springtime mindset, let’s slow down and think about why you want a gentle breeze blowing through your curtains (fresh air) and what it can really bring inside (allergens and moisture). We want you to enjoy the season, so we’ve got some indoor air quality suggestions to help you breathe easier.
Spring cleaning not only refers to picking up debris in our yards and tackling those household chores you’ve put off forever, but it’s also the time to look at how clean the air is in our homes. Poor air quality can affect your health, so giving your home a thorough cleaning will also improve your home’s air.
It is very important to keep your home tidy and sweep and scrub in all the little corners, the nooks and crannies where pollutants like dust and mold hide. Clean rugs, vacuum carpets, and sanitize your floors with natural cleaning products to minimize the chemicals in your house. Although it’s nice to get stale air out of the house when using powerful cleaning products or when painting, you may want to avoid opening windows for too long during other times. Allergens like pollen and moisture from dewy spring air can float inside and add even more problems to the air quality.
Keep The Air Moving And Moisture Out
Changing seasons means less furnace run time, and less air circulation in the home, according to Keith Hill, manager, technical support, from Minnesota Air.
“To prevent stagnant air, you may want to try running the furnace fan continuously,” he says. “A constant fan also provides constant filtration, improving air quality.”
Spring is the rainy season, which can possibly put even more moisture into the home, particularly if you have a basement that leaks. Consult an expert if you have problem areas that are prone to flooding. Floods can bring mold and mildew, which have an unpleasant smell and potentially dangerous side effects.
Purify And Filter
Remember to change the filters on your HVAC system even when it’s warm out; it helps stop the dust and dirt from entering your home’s air. Plus, a dirty filter is one of the most common reasons for expensive air conditioner / HVAC service calls.
“Mold and mildew can be controlled with air purifiers – UV lights, or better yet, a Carrier Infinity Air Purifier,” says Keith.
According to Mother Nature Network (MNN), a good air purifier comes first in the line of defense for your home’s air quality, “whether it’s a HEPA model to trap airborne particles or has a carbon filter to eliminate chemicals and odors.”
MNN says don’t forget that there are filters and screens to be changed and cleaned all over your house – the air purifier, furnace, AC, range hoods, bathroom exhaust fans, dryer lint screens, etc.
Keith adds that it’s important to remember to turn off the humidifier and close the humidifier bypass damper if you have one.
For more energy saving and home comfort tips, visit StayComfyMinnesota.com! Stay Comfy, Minnesota is your Minnesota resource for air conditioning repair, furnace repair and HVAC tips and advice.