Spring will be turning into summer faster than we realize, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the little bit of it that’s left. When spending so much time indoors lately, this means ensuring the air you breath keeps you healthy and comfortable.
The Maynard Man has some tips to share with you below to ensure this is the case.
Poor indoor air quality, no matter the time of year or current circumstances, is a significant health concern. In addition to the risk of virus transmission, pollutants like pollen, dust, and smoke can get trapped in your home. This causes allergies and asthma symptoms to flare up, and can even make a healthy person ill.
Long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality can even produce chronic symptoms like fatigue, headaches, brain fog, and respiratory irritation. If you’re not already thinking about how you can improve your indoor air quality, now is the time to consider this!
Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
Clean ductwork helps your HVAC systems to run more efficiently, first of all. But also, dirty air ducts can allow contaminated air to circulate back through your home.
Change Your Air Filter
The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to protect the system from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get in the system and do it harm. While its main purpose is not to protect your indoor air quality, a clogged air filter can certainly impede your air quality. The air filter should be replaced every 1-3 months to ensure both HVAC efficiency and more breathable air.
Do Some Spring Cleaning
You’d be surprised to find just how many contaminants your carpet and soft furniture can capture and retain. Vacuuming once a week is advisable, as is shampooing or steam cleaning your carpet every now and then as well.
Invest in the Right Indoor Air Quality Products
There are a number of indoor air quality products on the market that will help you breathe easier. The Maynard Man offers comprehensive products and services, and can help guide you on which would be the best for your specific home. Options include:
- Air Filtration and Air Purification Systems: There are many different types of these on the market, from whole-house air filtration and purification systems that help pull contaminants out of the air, to UV air purifiers that attack problems like mold and bacteria growth while it’s still in your ductwork.
- Dehumidifiers (and Humidifiers): A whole-house dehumidifier will do you well for the remainder of spring and throughout summer. The ideal relative humidity level in your home is between 30-50%. Summertime humidity levels certainly can surpass this range. Next winter, consider a humidifier, as well!
- ERV or HRV Systems: ERV and HRV stands for Energy Recovery Ventilator and Heat Recovery Ventilator, respectively. These systems help bring in fresh air when your HVAC systems are running so that you don’t lose HVAC efficiency trying to rid your home of stale air.