Best Indoor Air Quality Practices For The New Season
After a long winter spent hunkered down in the warmth of your home hiding from the frigid weather, it’s time to get your home spring-ready. Adopting these simple practices will ensure you have the best indoor air quality possible this spring, and for the rest of the year as well.
One of the best ways to ensure you have excellent indoor air quality and a clean home is with some good old-fashioned housekeeping. Regularly vacuuming and mopping will keep the dust that has settled on your floors from becoming airborne as you move around your home. You should avoid sweeping when you can though because it stirs up the dust rather than trapping it like the other two methods.
Avoid Chemical Cleaning Products
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are a great way to improve your indoor air quality, and the best part is, they’re good for the planet too. The fumes from chemical-based cleaning products and air fresheners drastically diminish your indoor air quality, and you can easily replace them with natural products. Vinegar and baking soda are excellent natural cleaning agents, and essential oil diffusers and organic candles will make your air smell as fresh as it feels.
The key is to find the right humidity balance if you want to have the best indoor air quality possible. If the air is too humid, it can promote the growth of microorganisms and mould. On the other hand, if the air is too dry, dust and debris will remain airborne longer because there won’t be enough moisture particles for them to cling to so that they settle.
Indoor Air Quality Appliances
In addition to these indoor air quality practices, there are several products available that can help you improve the quality of your household air. Standard furnace filters remove a large portion of the allergens and contaminants in the air, but HEPA filters and other higher-end filters can remove up to 99% of all airborne contaminants. Whole-home air purifiers are also an extremely effective way to improve your air quality, and can be installed directly into your existing system.
Your indoor air quality doesn’t have a fighting chance if your HVAC system isn’t properly maintained and cleaned. You should change a standard 1” HVAC filter at least once every 30 days, and if you have a thicker filter, it’s a good idea to at least check it once a month. It’s also imperative that you schedule annual maintenance and have a professional service your equipment so that they can clean inside your HVAC systems and ductwork, and ensure your system is running efficiently.
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