Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality in the Spring
As the spring season approaches, you’ll likely want to open the windows and let some of the warm breezes blow through your home. However, you might also allow pollen and other irritants to get into your home. What can you do to maximize indoor air quality inside your house this spring?
Take Off Your Shoes When Coming Inside
Your shoes can easily collect dust, dirt, and pollen while walking through a parking lot, on a sidewalk, or through a grassy field. The particles that stick to your shoes can then be tracked through your house if you don’t take your shoes off prior to entering. Ideally, you will leave sneakers, boots and other footwear in the garage or in a mudroom. If necessary, leave your jacket, work clothes, or other items of clothing outside of the home until you have a chance to rinse or to wash them.
Vacuum Your Carpets Regularly
If you have animals, they are likely to walk on carpeted surfaces as they search out places to sleep or to hide from each other. As they walk, they can shed fur and dander that will get trapped in the carpet’s fibers. Furthermore, they can kick up pollen or dust that is already on the carpet. You, your spouse, and your children may also do the same thing on a daily basis. Therefore, to minimize the amount of stuff that gets thrown into the air, have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year.
Groom Your Pets Often
It is always a good idea to make sure that your pet’s nails are trimmed and that its coat is brushed on a regular basis. In addition to keeping the animal in good health, it can reduce the amount of material that it can track or shed around the house. In some cases, you will need to brush your dog or cat on a daily basis to keep it looking its best and from shedding all over the house.
Have Your HVAC System Inspected
Dirty air filters and dirty air ducts can cause a variety of irritants to be cycled throughout your home. A dirty air filter is unable to trap and to contain the dirt and dust that is commonly found near a furnace or other HVAC components. Once they get into the air, they are blown by a fan through the ducts and into most rooms in your house.
A professional from Expert Air Control in Puyallup can take a look at your furnace or air conditioner to see if anything can be done to improve your home’s air quality. We can also install air purifiers and clean your home’s ducts or seal them in an effort to prevent dirty air from seeping into your living spaces.
Refrain From Smoking In or Around the House
Smoking in a house can cause breathing issues for yourself and anyone else who happens to live with you. Furthermore, smoke can linger in the air and on most surfaces in your home. This can create a noticeable odor that may remain for several hours or days after that last cigar or cigarette is put out. If you have been smoking outside or were around others who have been smoking, be sure to wash the clothes that you were wearing as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could bring the smell of smoke inside with you.
Check for Cracked Pipes or Gaps That Gasses Can Seep Through
Radon and carbon monoxide are potentially lethal gasses that may be difficult or impossible to detect. However, over time, they can result in a variety of health issues such as cancer, delayed development in children, and changes in mood or personality. Ideally, you will check your gas lines and other pipes to ensure that they are properly connected and are in good condition. If you notice any gaps in the attic, basement, or foundation, you should have them sealed as quickly as possible.
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If you need to upgrade your electrical system or need to troubleshoot an electrical problem, we may be able to help with that too. We offer these services in addition to the gas piping, air conditioner, or furnace repair and installation services that we offer. To learn more about how we can help with indoor air quality or other HVAC problems, give Expert Air Control in Puyallup a call today!