Housecleaning is a rite of spring. This spring, while you’re cleaning the floors and washing the windows, take a few minutes to consider your indoor air quality. What can you do to ensure that the air you and your family members are breathing is as clean as possible? Here are seven tips to get you started.
Tip No 1: Add a whole-house air purifier
Your indoor air is full of pollutants, including dust, dander and pollen. These contaminants can cause mild to serious breathing problems for those who have allergies or COPD. A comprehensive whole-house air purifier can eliminate almost all of these pollutants, down to particulates that are invisible.
Tip No. 2: Go with a UV light system
Working in tandem with your air purifier, a UV light system eliminates especially problematic organic pollutants. UV lights are the systems hospitals use to minimize transmission of airborne illnesses.
Tip No. 3: Remove excess moisture to reduce mold
Mold can cause respiratory issues to develop or worsen, and it needs moisture to flourish. Consider a whole-house dehumidifier if your air conditioner isn’t doing an adequate job of eliminating the moisture in your air.
Tip No. 4: Ditch your shoes
A lot of dirt and debris gets tracked into your home by way of your shoes. This stuff eventually winds up in the air your breathe. Take off your shoes when you come home. Keep your slippers by the door, and give your guests footies.
Tip No. 5: Wash your bedding in hot water
While you can do much of your laundry in cold or warm water to conserve energy, your sheets need hot water. Typically, they’re full of invisible organic matter that only hot water can destroy.
Tip No. 6: Replace your kitchen sponges
Once a week, rotate out the sponges you use to wash your dishes. They collect bacteria. If you don’t want to throw them away, zap them in the microwave. Just make sure they’re wet when you throw them in.
Tip No. 7: Dust using microfiber clothes
These are much more effective than feather dusters and can be washed and used again.
For more expert advice on boosting your indoor air quality, contact the friendly professionals at Blanton’s Heating & A/C. We’ve served the HVAC needs of Fayetteville and the surrounding area since 1951.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Fayetteville, North Carolina and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).