Springtime and IAQ: Tips for This Spring

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The indoor air quality of your home can face challenges in the spring when pollen and weather changes introduce large amounts of allergens into the air. For family members with sensitive lungs or allergies, keeping the indoor air quality of your Sun City West, Arizona, home high is important for both their health and comfort. Here are a few tips for keeping your home as allergen-free as possible this spring.

Change Filters

The first step in any indoor air quality improvement effort should be changing out the filters for your HVAC system. The filters for your system are often inside your home and provide a vital air cleaning function. Any air that goes through your climate control system goes through the filters first.

If this filter is clogged or old, chances are it won’t do a very good job filtering unwanted contaminants out of your air. This means allergens like pollen and pet fur can enter into your airstream and be distributed throughout your home, triggering allergies and causing discomfort. It is important to replace your filter on a regular basis throughout the year, but it may be worthwhile to replace it more often during the spring. In addition, you can consider using a higher MERV-rated filter during the springtime but be sure to consult with your user manual. Some HVAC systems can’t handle super high rated filters, which can cause these systems to have reduced airflow and compromised efficiency.

Wipe Vents

Another great step towards preventing dust and pollen from circulating in your air is regularly wiping off your air vents. Many are located higher up on your home’s walls, if not on the ceiling. This placement is great for effectively distributing air but can cause problems if dust, pet fur, or other allergens build up on them. It’s easy for any buildup to be circulated through your home. During particularly bad allergy cycles, wipe these off once a week during your normal cleaning to prevent any accumulated debris from getting into your home’s air and decreasing your indoor air quality.

Dust High

Along with wiping vents, it’s important to dust high-up items in your home. We often forget about places that are out of reach because we don’t see the accumulated dirt but that doesn’t mean it can’t cause allergies. Places like the tops of shelves and cabinets are common gathering points for dust and dander. Dust these areas on a semi-regular basis to prevent the buildup from affecting your indoor air quality.

Clean Fabric

Fabric is one of the most common allergen traps. The woven fibers can hold everything from pollen particles to pet dander to dust mites. Because pets often shed their winter coats during the spring, it’s common for pet fur to get caught in fabric items, and it can be extremely difficult to remove by just shaking the sheets out. At least a few times during the spring, commit to a full fabric and upholstery cleaning. Sheets, comforters, curtains, pillows, and upholstered furniture should be cleaned, either by washing or thorough vacuuming. This practice will significantly improve your indoor air quality as well as reduce your allergy symptoms when you come into contact with these items.

Add Purifier

An air purifier is one of the best ways to improve indoor air quality while also reducing allergens in your home. These systems can either be for the whole home or a single room. They employ a number of air purification technologies, sometimes including filters, black lights, or ionizers. Air purifiers trap and remove everything ranging from pet fur and dander to bacteria. For family members with sensitive lungs and allergies, these are excellent additions that provide noticeable relief. We recommend placing them in the bedroom and common living areas if you decide to go with single room options over whole home systems. If your family deals with allergies year-round, whole home options may be your best bet in keeping your home comfortable for everyone.

Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing can help you improve your indoor air quality and keep springtime comfortable. Call us at 623-201-5118 to schedule a consultation with one of our certified HVAC technicians today.

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