You may have already gotten out the mops, buckets, and brooms to help with your Spring cleaning. However, now that you’re in the mood to tidy up and perhaps open a window and feel that warmer breeze – don’t neglect the air quality in your home. That’s right; the air in your home needs to remain clean for you to feel comfortable living in it. Here are some Spring cleaning tips on how you can clear the air in your home.
Think Of Your HVAC System
According to our resident expert, Minnesota Air’s Keith Hill, spring is a good time to think about your home’s IAQ – or indoor air quality.
“Spring in Minnesota frequently means we can open up the house for a few hours during the day, but come evening, the air temp drops and back we go to our sealed environment,” he says.
One of the best ways of making sure your home’s air stays clean when sealed is by taking care of your HVAC system. That means getting a routine maintenance check and cleaning from a certified technician – and, of course, changing your filters.
A clean filter will help airflow, and that means more fresh air for your home. If you aren’t sure how to pick a proper filter, check out our recent article here, or talk to your local HVAC professional.
Avoid Harsh Cleaners
You may hear about this more frequently now, but chemicals in cleaning products can be a hazard to your health. It may seem counterintuitive that something used to clean can actually pollute the air, but it can. Keith says our indoor air quality can get worse, especially when we use chemical cleaners for Spring cleaning.
“Some of the common cleaning solutions have VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other toxic compounds. Even some that claim to be ‘green’ or ‘natural’ may not be,” says Keith.
The American Lung Association says that products like air fresheners, bleach, detergents, carpet cleaners, dishwashing liquid, aerosol spray, polishes, and oven cleaners are some of the biggest culprits of VOCs.
That’s why you want to make sure you check the ingredients on the products you use, avoid cleaning with harsh products in tight enclosed spaces, and open a window if you aren’t sure they are safe.
Everything feels better with a breath of fresh air – and it’s no different in your home. Good ventilation is the key to a healthy indoor environment.
“Open your windows if weather permits, or turn on your bath fans,” says Keith. “A heat recovery ventilator (HRV), sometimes called an air exchanger, is the best way to ventilate in all seasons. It exchanges the air, stale for fresh, through a heat exchanger, recovering energy in the process, so that you can economically ventilate in all conditions. And since you’re not opening windows, there are no security issues at night or fear of water entry in a rainstorm.”
If you want to look into upgrading your HVAC system with better ventilation, check out our article on HRVs here. It may be worth the investment if you are looking for the best air quality possible and greater energy efficiency.