The Spring-Cleaning Tips That Can Help You Breathe Easier

Breathe easier and stay more comfortable, too, by improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in the spring. IAQ is a season-specific issue in many cases. In winter, when the house tends to be more closed up and outdoor allergens are dormant, the main consideration is insufficient ventilation and accumulating dust in the indoor environment.

Springtime, however, brings the allergy season. Windows and doors are opened up more often and people are coming and going. In addition to dust accumulation from winter, infiltrating outdoor pollen is another IAQ factor during the springtime.

Here are suggestions for improving IAQ in the spring via housecleaning efforts:

  • Check the air vents. Dusty vents can usually be cleaned by simply vacuuming the vent fins to pull out dust balls and cobwebs. In some cases, you may need to remove the vent cover (usually just two screws) and clean deeper inside the duct.
  • Clean fan blades. Ceiling fans that have been idle all winter typically accumulate dust on the large blades. To avoid spreading it into the air, fan blades should be dusted before starting up the fan for the season.
  • Change the air filter. Dust and lint accumulating on the filter during the last month or so of furnace operation impairs air conditioning performance and efficiency. It will also make the filter less effective at removing airborne allergens like pollen that peak at this time of year. From now throughout the summer, continue to change the filter every month.
  • Seal air leaks. Microscopic airborne pollen grains can infiltrate the house through leaks. Replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows, and caulk any structural cracks and gaps that allow outdoor air indoors.
  • Schedule annual service. You’ll want your air conditioner functioning up to specs all summer long, not only to ensure household comfort but also to safeguard IAQ. Make sure cooling performance, efficiency, and air quality are optimum by scheduling annual preventative maintenance with a qualified professional HVAC contractor now, before the hot weather hits.

Improving IAQ during the spring is an important HVAC function. Let Paitson Bros. professionals make sure your system is ready for the season.

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