Springtime Indoor Air Quality Problems and How to Avoid Them
Springtime brings with it a lot of indoor air quality problems such as high humidity, dust mites and a higher pollen count. Since Americans are spending even more time indoors with the uptick in COVID-19 cases, they have a higher likelihood of being exposed to indoor allergens. If you want to practice social distancing without any allergies, check out this guide by the pros at Roman Electric on how you can avoid Springtime indoor air quality problems.
1. Reduce Humidity
High levels of humidity are expected with the increasing temperatures during Spring. Excess humidity can bring various allergens indoors so it’s important to take extra measures to prevent the increase of humidity. Here are some things you can do:
- Ventilate Your Home
Make sure your home is properly ventilated, especially places where humidity and moisture content is high such as your bathroom and kitchen. Use your exhaust fan often and open your windows occasionally to let fresh air in.
- Move Your House Plants Out
House plants are beautiful, but they contain a lot of moisture that can make its way into the indoor air. Either move them outdoors for a bit or cover the soil with rocks and stones to prevent moisture build up in your indoor air.
- Clean Up Excess Moisture
Once you’re done using the shower or a sink, be sure to use a squeegee or a towel to clean up the moisture build up in your bathroom or kitchen. If moisture is left behind it can lead to mold build up which can lead to costly problems in the future.
2. Clean Your Vents and Registers
Air ducts carry a fair share of dust and dirt in and out of your vents, which can lead to dust build up on your vent grilles overtime. Take a few minutes out to vacuum your vents and registers using the vacuum brush attachment. Follow this up with a wipe from a damp cloth to thoroughly clean up any leftover dust.
3. Change Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter only takes a few minutes but it can make a world of a difference. A clogged air filter can reduce air flow, worsen your indoor air quality and cause other problems such as dirty coils or a frozen evaporator coil. On the other hand, a new, clean air filter can improve your indoor air quality and reduce your AC’s energy consumption by up to 15%.
4. Thoroughly Clean Your Home
Take a day out for some Spring cleaning to prepare your home for the new season. Thoroughly vacuum all the corners of your home and even give it a mop for some extra cleanliness. Change your sheets, declutter any spaces in your house and get your home sparkling for Spring. Here are some tips to consider when Spring cleaning your home.