After spending a good deal of the winter inside your home, you are probably thrilled to finally crack the windows and let that fresh air in. But with warmer weather coming, you will be closing those windows back up and breathing filtered air again. There are some things that you can do that will improve the air quality this summer.
If you have central air, getting the HVAC cleaned and serviced is your best bet to start improving air quality. Proper maintenance and cleaning every spring will ensure your air conditioner performs at peak performance.
If you’re still using a furnace and several window A/C units in your home, it could be economical to get a few estimates for an HVAC installation. The energy you save on a new system will help pay for it.
Change All Air Filters
Your HVAC system has several air filters that need annual cleaning before using the air conditioner. You should also clean or change the air filters in A/C window units in bedrooms or guest rooms. Another often neglected filter is the air vent filter in the range hood. Cleaning or changing these filters will help eliminate odors and prevent grease build up on your AC filters.
Clean HVAC Ducts
Your HVAC ducts do not need to be cleaned every year, but it is wise to take a look inside them and see if there are any signs of mold or mildew buildup. Likewise, when you have HVAC contractors scheduled to do maintenance, ask them to check the ducts as well.
Clean Carpets & Upholstery
Although vacuuming can filter a lot of irritants from the air, having your furniture and carpets cleaned in the spring will help improve air quality. Dust mites and other bacteria get into the fabric and may not come out with just vacuuming. And steam cleaning will get out more contaminants than just shampooing.
Install, Update or Service Whole-House Humidifier & Purifier
A whole-house humidifier is an excellent method of controlling the humidity in your home. When your house is too dry, your throat and eyes will suffer from irritation; when it is too moist, mold and mildew begin to grow.
Regulate the air quality by installing, updating or servicing your whole-house air purifier. It can be hooked into your current system by HVAC contractors. Ask a Sure-Fire technician about the benefits of adding an air purifier.
Add House Plants
Peace lilies and English ivy are low-maintenance house plants that can improve your home’s air quality and even provide a night of more restful sleep. What’s more, several types of houseplants can help eliminate carbon monoxide, benzene and other airborne chemicals. Plus, they will reduce the growth of airborne mold. The Peace lily, however, is moderately toxic when handled, so wash your hands after handling the plant.
Call Sure-Fire Inc
Call the professionals at Sure-Fire, (920) 239-8944, for a free consultation to determine what’s best for your home. Whether you need an HVAC installation, furnace repair, furnace installation or you have questions about your heat and air system, we can give you a free quote.