Spring time just ended and now we’re transitioning into the summer months. It’s been a partially wet and very windy year so far and that doesn’t help the air quality in our homes. There’s good news though, you can take action to clean up the air in your house, and live happier and healthier. Discover six simple ways that you can reduce allergens and improve air quality in your home, and how a professional HVAC service company can help.
REDUCE ALLERGENS WITH A HEPA VACUUM
Many of the allergens in your home accumulate in household dust and the dirt on your floors and in your carpets. Get a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, which will suck up the grime, dirt, pollen, dander, dust and other allergens and filter them out.
Choose a vacuum with powerful suction and rotating brushes to be sure that the dirt is sucked up and not spread around. Vacuum thoroughly, going over high traffic areas several times. Vacuum at least twice a week, and clean your filter on a regular basis to reduce allergens in your home.
MOPPING THOSE HARD FLOORS
It never hurts to run your HEPA vacuum over hard floors as well as carpets, but you should also mop them regularly. There’s no need to use harsh chemicals most of the time. Just use hot water and a microfiber mop or dust cloth to capture the maximum levels of dirt, grime and contaminants.
Just like with vacuuming, mopping should be done at least twice a week. The more you keep your floors clean, the higher quality air you’ll have in your home.
NO SMOKING INSIDE!
Turn your home into a no-smoking zone. The risks of primary and secondary smoke are well known at this point and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t quit the habit, and prevent others from doing it inside as well.
GET A RADON TEST
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Get a radon test done and look into efforts to mitigate the problem if it exists.
USE NATURAL CLEANERS
Avoid harsh chemicals in your efforts to keep clean. If you want fresh scents, use actual lavender, lemon or orange essence, or baking soda. Occasionally open the windows to let fresh air in. Avoid aerosol sprays. Keep house plants around to freshen the air and keep the oxygen levels high.
GET YOUR AIR DUCTS CLEANED TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
You would be surprised as to how much dust and fiber can build up in your air ducts, which is why it’s important, every so often, to have your air ducts clean. Bringing in an HVAC company to take care of your air ducts can vastly improve air quality and reduce allergens. If you’d like more information about air duct cleaning, check out the Legacy Air FAQ and give us a call for an appointment today!