OK, it’s almost here! The first, official day of spring (the spring equinox) is March 20, and we all look forward to getting back outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. And it’s just as important to have that freshness indoors, too. But what are the best ways to clear stale air from your home and replace it with clean, spring-fresh air? Here are four ways to freshen your home this spring.
Opening windows and doors to “air things out” is a time-honored tradition, and for many, the first step in freshening your home’s indoor air come springtime. Of course that’s a strategy that works best in the warmer, daytime hours. And keep in mind that the air you’re letting in can also contain allergens and pollutants that you might not want indoors. Especially if you or any of your family members have allergies, opening windows long term may not be the best route for you to go. So what else can you do to improve your indoor air quality? Here are some more additional suggestions.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Even though the heating season may be winding down, your furnace may still run on cooler days or nights, and keeping it in top running shape will contribute to your indoor air quality. Some of the maintenance is easy to do yourself, like checking and changing your air filters. A clean filter helps air flow throughout your home and is effective in trapping allergens and other pollutants. Springtime is also a good time to have your HVAC system inspected and cleaned by a professional, especially if it’s been a while since your last maintenance. Because spring, like early fall, is usually a slower time for HVAC pros, you may even be able to get a good deal on a service call.
Avoid Harsh Cleaning Products
Springtime is also a time many homeowners take to rigorous cleaning: washing windows, cleaning closets and other storage areas, mopping down floors, even washing walls. There are a lot of cleaning products to help with spring cleaning, but not all of them are ideal for improving your indoor air quality. You may have heard of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, that can linger in the air. The American Lung Association notes that VOCs are present in many common cleaning products, including bleach, rug and upholstery cleaners, detergents and dish washing liquids, and even air fresheners. It’s important to read labels and avoid products that contain high amounts of VOCs, fragrances, and other irritants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of safer products you can choose from.
Consider an Air Cleaner
For the very best way to maintain indoor air quality, you may want to consider installing an electronic air cleaner. These systems trap and remove almost any type of allergen or pollutant, including bacteria, viruses, mold spores and more. An air purifier will cover your entire house and operates regardless of outdoor temperatures. We recommend Carrier’s Infinity® Series of Air Purifiers for clean, fresh air year-round.