7 Spring Cleaning Tips to Improve the Air You Breathe in Texas
March 17, 2023 - No Comments - Posted by Texas Air Authorities
The air you breathe is directly correlated to your overall health. Whether you’re indoors or outside, pollutants in the air can harm your health, especially if you suffer from respiratory issues.
At Texas Air Authorities, we care about your health and know how important it is to have good quality air inside. Here’s a look at seven spring cleaning tips you can use at home or in the office to improve the air you breathe.
1. Sweep, Mop, and Vacuum the Entire House
This upcoming spring, make it a goal to sweep and vacuum on a daily basis to keep dust and dirt to a minimum. In addition to enhancing the cleanliness and appearance of your home or office, regular vacuuming and sweeping directly impact the air you breathe by minimizing harmful airborne particles.
2. Make the Home Anti-Allergen
Allergies get worse for a lot of people in the springtime. This is why spring serves as a good time to deep clean the house. From the window sills to the baseboards to the crown molding and more, dusting every crevice of the home is necessary for making the whole house anti-allergenic. To ensure all allergens stay outside the home, pinpoint and repair any air leaks. Also, open windows only on days when pollen levels are low.
3. Change the HVAC Filter
HVAC filters play a large role in indoor air quality. The cleaner the filter, the more efficiently and effectively it can reduce airborne toxins. Check your AC filter each spring to ensure it was cleaned or replaced at the end of the last cooling season.
Be cautious when going to the store and buying a filter replacement. The AC owner’s manual will say exactly which filter works with your system. Failing to use a compatible filter can cause unnecessary strain on the AC system. It also compromises the filter’s ability to capture airborne pollutants.
4. Sleep in New Sheets and Covers
Springtime is an excellent time of the year to deep clean the bedroom. In addition to dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down the walls, you can swap out your bed’s sheets and covers. When replacing them, consider sheets and covers made from hypoallergenic material, such as eucalyptus. Eucalyptus bed sheets are carefully engineered to keep allergens at bay. However, even for those who don’t suffer from allergies, these bed sheets are a smart choice because they improve indoor air quality thanks to their hypoallergenic nature.
5. Keep Damp Areas Dry
Damp areas often have higher levels of mold and mildew, both of which trigger allergy symptoms. The spring is a great time to find the exact location of damp spots and fix the problem. These rooms usually consist of bathrooms and washrooms, along with basement areas. An easy way to reduce moisture in these areas is to install ceiling fans and dehumidifiers. There are also certain kinds of paint you can add to these areas to reduce mold and mildew.
6. Get Rid of VOCs
Be cautious of new furniture and appliances that you bring into the home or office. It’s not uncommon for new household and office items to be full of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When you bring them inside, a process called “off-gassing” occurs. It’s during this time that harmful toxins used in the production process of the item start releasing their gases, which often translates into a bad smell and poor indoor air quality.
You can rid your home of these harmful substances by using air filters that capture VOCs. Additionally, don’t bring any new items with VOCs into the house. This is why you should always buy from brands you trust.
7. Consider a Whole-Home Air Cleaner
During the spring, consider installing a whole-home air purifier. You can have the whole-home system connected to your existing heating and cooling system, making it simple to improve overall energy efficiency. If preferred, you can add smart sensors to the HVAC and air purifier units. In doing so, you can automate heating and cooling schedules in the home or office according to individual preferences. Smart sensors can also pinpoint and address poor indoor air quality issues without compromising comfort.
Get More Spring Cleaning Tips for Cleaner Air Today!
Cleaner air inside the home or office starts with creating a cleaning schedule. Use the tips mentioned above to create a schedule that fits your lifestyle. Contact Texas Air Authorities today for more spring cleaning tips and indoor air quality solutions.