Spring Cleaning: Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

The warm spring months bring with them plenty of sunshine, rain showers and allergies. Most people tend to think of pollution as something that is outside of the home. Pollution takes the form of smog, allergens, haze and ozone outdoors but in fact, the air quality inside the home can be more polluted than the air outside the front door.

Indoor air can be polluted by a number of pesky allergens including dust, formaldehyde, radon and harmful chemicals used in everything from perfume to household cleaners. Luckily, there are several easy steps that can be made in order to improve the indoor air quality in your home or office. 

Cleaner Indoor Air Quality Made Easy

HVAC Maintenance

The best place to start with improving the indoor air quality of your home or office is with regular HVAC maintenance. Schedule regular air duct cleaning and system maintenance with your local HVAC technician in the spring and autumn months to help keep things running smoothly all year long.

Go Green

The introduction of healthy, happy and green houseplants to your indoor space can do wonders for improving air quality while giving your home or office a sophisticated look. Indoor plants work to improve the overall air quality inside by acting as a natural air filter, removing common toxins from the air. NASA recommends homeowners use 15 to 18 good-sized houseplants in the average 1,800 square foot home to help improve the overall air quality.

Change Your Filters

To keep your HVAC system working at its best, change your air filters regularly. Most HVAC systems require a new filter every 30 days while some recommend a new filter every 90 days. Check with your heating and cooling technician for more details on proper care for your system. 

In addition to regularly replacing your HVAC system's air filters, using a vacuum with a certified HEPA filter can easily help to limit the concentration of lead in the home or office. Using a HEPA filter can also help to eliminate other allergens like pollen, dust mites and pet dander.

Keep It Clean

Stop excess dirt and pollutants from making it through the door by investing in large doormats at every entry to your home or office. Another way to keep those harmful pollutants out of the house is to declare your home a "shoe free" zone by asking that guests take their shoes off at the front door. 

Talk to experts like Doc Dancer Heating, Air Conditioning & Generators for more information.