Spring is the wonderful time of year when the flowers are in bloom, and the temperatures begin to warm up. There’s no denying that spring is beautiful. It’s a welcome change from the dark and gloomy winter. However, it’s also the time of year for respiratory issues caused by allergies.
If you and other members of your family are experiencing seasonal allergies, now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. While you’re at it, we also recommend that you take steps to improve your indoor air quality. Freshen up your home’s air this spring with these easy tips.
Open your windows
Believe it or not, the air in your home can be more polluted than the air outside. Your doors and windows have been shut tight all winter to keep the cold out, and the air quality inside your home may suffer as a result.
Before you turn on your air conditioning this summer, it’s best to call in one of our expert HVAC technicians to have your system inspected. This is important as it helps ensure that your air conditioner is in top shape and prevents breakdowns during the hottest months of the year. A broken AC is not only an inconvenience – it can be costly, too!
Without sufficient ventilation, the air inside your home becomes humid, odorous and stale. It’ll trigger allergy symptoms, and will also encourage mold to grow. Mold poses a threat to your family’s health and if not addressed immediately, can be extremely difficult to eliminate.
The bathroom is the area in your home that is most susceptible to mold growth. We advise that you turn on the exhaust fan during and after taking a shower. Your bathroom’s fan helps disperse moisture, which helps keep mold from growing. Likewise, make sure that you turn on the hood fan over your stove while cooking in your kitchen.
Clean system filters
Most people don’t give the filters in their HVAC system much thought, but what they don’t realize is that clogged and dirty air filters can lead to many problems. A dirty filter forces your system to work harder, which leads to higher utility bills and also reduces your home’s indoor air quality.
Clogged air filters cause dirt, dust and other debris to be recirculated back into the air. These airborne particles trigger allergic symptoms and can negatively impact your health. To keep allergens to a minimum, it’s best to check your air filters every month and replace them when needed. For best results, choose air filters with a high MERV rating and breathe easier!