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Your Spring Indoor Air Quality Checklist: Do These 5 Things

Indoor air quality is something most people don’t think twice about — until it starts causing them to sneeze and sniffle. For many of us, that time comes once a year, during Spring allergy season.

 The good news is that your indoor air quality is something you can control, unlike all the blooming and growing Mother Nature is doing. Here’s a closer look at what you can do to fight dust, pollen, and other allergens in your home and start feeling your very best.

1. Keep Your Windows Closed (Mostly)

A warm spring day makes it tempting to open all your windows and air out the home. But if allergies are getting you down, it’s best to keep the outside air outside as much as possible. Dust, pollen, and other allergens will likely end up in your home and contribute to your poor air quality.

 The exception to this is to open your windows on a cool day after it rains. The rain washes away a lot of air pollutants. This gives you a chance to move your indoor air outside and get some fresh air.

2. Replace All Air Filters

Changing your air filters can not only keep your air cleaner, but also prolong the life of your HVAC system. Clean filters allow the air to flow unrestricted through your home, which means your system doesn’t have to work as hard.

 Check all your air filters and replace any that have visible buildup. Then, set a reminder on your smartphone to check your air filters every 90 days (about once per season) to maintain healthy indoor air quality.

3. Vacuum and Dust Frequently

There’s a good reason why people are fanatics about “spring cleaning,” and it’s not just because you may have gotten lazy in the winter. Contaminants like pollen can settle on surfaces and in your carpet, which can affect your allergies.

 Give your home a deep clean, then make it a point to vacuum and dust at least weekly to keep allergens at bay. As an added bonus, your home will sparkle and shine, too!

4. Take Plants Outside

Indoor plants might look nice, but they can also be hotbeds for pollen, mold, and other contaminants. And while some plants might contribute to an oxygen-rich environment, they still produce allergy triggers for many individuals.

 As soon as it’s warm enough to do so, take your plants outdoors and let the sun and rain take care of them for a while. Clean up any leaves, residue, or pollen the plants may have left behind for a truly cleaner home.

5. Clean Your Air Ducts

Air ducts are out of sight, out of mind. But they still need to be cleaned, and not for appearance’s sake.

 As your HVAC system pulls in air and pushes it through your ducts, contaminants like mold, dust, dander, and pollen can be left behind. These contaminants build up in your ducts and can also end up in your home.

 A simple air duct cleaning can keep your indoor air quality in tiptop shape and even prolong the life of your ducts.

Get in Touch with Your HVAC Experts!

Some of the to-do’s on our indoor air quality checklist you can knock out in less than a weekend’s worth of work. For help cleaning your air ducts and other spring HVAC maintenance, call your local HVAC experts today!

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