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Last updated Sep. 20, 2019
Your indoor air quality (IAQ) is very critical to your health and that of everyone in your household.
While many erroneously assumed in the past that the condition of the air is always better indoors than outdoors, recent studies have informed us that the air quality can actually be so much worse indoors than outdoors.
Since most people spend several hours indoors, taking good care of indoor air is very important.
It is important that we stress the importance of improving indoor air quality before we discuss the important spring cleaning tips that will make it a reality.
Throughout the year, there are several pollutants that are present in the air inside the home.
While the regular ones like bacteria, pollens, dust mites, moulds, and dander can cause varying degrees of allergy symptoms, there are others that can cause or contribute to long term health issues.
Also, since many people spend the majority of their time inside their homes than outside, it is important that the quality of the air remains at the best level.
Sadly, most human activities and appliances contribute to air pollution
There is a need, therefore, to pay attention to the quality of the air and put in efforts to ensure that it doesn't deteriorate so much that it causes us health issues.
For most people, spring cleaning is all about improving the way the home looks and feels.
For people with allergies, it involves more as efforts need to be made to remove allergens and prevent their build-up
For an individual who is concerned about indoor air quality and wants a remarkable improvement, the following tips can be very helpful:
Air ducts play huge roles in your indoor air quality.
The condition of your ductwork has a direct relationship with the quality of your indoor air.
Dirty and leaky air ducts can compromise your indoor air quality to a great extent: they will deliver dirty and contaminated air that poses health risks to your family members.
As soon as you learn to take better care of your indoor air, a lot can change in your indoor air quality score.
Spring cleaning presents an excellent opportunity to have your ductworks cleaned.
Ductworks require professional expertise from installation through maintenance and replacement.
To have your air duct properly cleaned, it is best that you get the experts involved.
Professional air duct cleaning is usually not too expensive.
Call in the professionals to properly clean your air duct as part of your spring cleaning exercise.
The air filter is one of the most important parts of your HVAC system when it comes to keeping your indoor air quality in the right condition.
In addition to making sure that your air duct is clean, you need to change your air filters regularly so that they perform their functions properly.
Good air filters will trap indoor air pollutants, keeping them away from being circulated in your indoor space and compromising the air quality.
It will also keep your heating and cooling system from getting clogged or backed up.
Air filters can work effectively for up to 90 days but you should check them monthly if you want your indoor air quality to remain great.
Your indoor air quality can also benefit immensely from air cleaners.
Also called purifiers, indoor air cleaners are powerful devices that can help to remove airborne contaminants like bacteria, dust mites, dirt, smoke, pollens and other air pollutants.
High-quality air cleaners can remove airborne pollutants that are as small as 0.01 microns.
During spring cleaning, airing the indoor space can be the easiest way to improve the indoor air quality.
You can improve ventilation by opening your windows and that alone can improve indoor air quality.
Your home will smell better and feel better when you let fresh air in and force stale air out.
It is also helpful to keep windows open while cleaning.
It is important to state here that opening your windows may not be the best thing to do if you or someone in your household suffers spring allergies.
The outdoor air, during spring, normally contain a large quantity of pollen that can trigger or worsen allergy symptoms, meaning it will not be convenient if there is anyone who suffers allergy in your household.
No matter how careful you are about pollutants, they will always find their way to your indoor space.
During the spring season, it is important that you vacuum and dust regularly to keep the level of pollutants in your home in check.
Clean your furniture and fixtures regularly and make sure you get to hard-to-reach places where dusts and dirt may accumulate.
You should also vacuum at least once a week.
Your vacuum should also have a HEPA filter.
These are the filters that can effectively trap tiny pollens and other pollutants.
During spring cleaning spring cleaning, you also need to make sure you use the right cleaning product as that can also affect your indoor air quality significantly.
Harsh chemicals may remove all the stains quicker but they can also compromise your indoor air quality by releasing substances that may have both short-term and long-term health consequences.
You also need to avoid scented cleaning products.
Use natural cleaning products or, at least, those that are fragrance-free or have a minimal level of VOCs and other irritants.
Your indoor air quality should be protected at all costs.
Spring cleaning presents an excellent opportunity not just to get your home clean but to make it better and healthier.
It is important, however, that during spring cleaning that you make real efforts to improve your indoor air quality.
The tips above can be very helpful and will definitely help to keep you and your family healthier going forward.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.