Fresher, Cleaner Indoor Air Is Just Around The Corner With These Tactics
Even if you feel like you're rarely home, you breathe the air in your home for hours a day while you sleep. Indoor air that's riddled with dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other contaminants can lead to allergy symptoms, asthma and even skin irritation. Luckily, it's not has hard to clean up your indoor air as you might be imagining. Employ these three tactics, and you'll be there in no time.
Have your ducts cleaned.
You can vacuum and dust every day, but if your ducts are not clean, allergens will be tossed back into your air each time your heat or air conditioning kicks on. Thus, an important first step in cleaning up your indoor air is having your air ducts professionally cleaned. Also make sure you remember to do this approximately every 3 years going forward in order to keep your air clean. Between duct cleaning appointments, you can take the wand attachment of your vacuum and use it to vacuum out the air vents and as far down into the ducts as you can reach from the air ducts.
Change to a HEPA air filter.
So many people fail to change their furnace air filter as often as they should. (This should ideally be done at least every 3 months.) Even more people sacrifice their air quality by purchasing the cheapest filters they can find. Unfortunately, the filters that you buy for a dollar or two only trap the larger particles, leaving the smaller ones in your air. Go shopping and look for a furnace filter labeled "HEPA." This stands for "High Energy Particulate Air." A HEPA filter will capture smaller particles, so your air ends up much cleaner. (As an added bonus, this is better for your furnace – less debris will build up on the heat exchanger.) Just make sure you get a new one every 3 months, too!
Kick up your cleaning routine.
Any dust that's left behind after you clean can get picked up and hurled into the air by the air circulating from your HVAC system. Here are some commonly skipped areas to make sure you're cleaning thoroughly:
- Behind and under the bed (vacuum this area thoroughly)
- Curtains, blinds, and shades (these tend to get dusty)
- Behind furniture like sofas, cabinets and entertainment centers
- Along the baseboard (use your wand attachment to vacuum this area)
When you get your indoor air cleaned up with the strategies above, you'll be able to breathe easier and enjoy your home more. To learn more, contact a company like Coastal Home Services.