How To Improve Indoor Air Quality Leading Into Spring

Ways To Reduce Indoor Air Allergens This Spring

As spring approaches in Houston, it's time to start thinking about how you'll prep your home for warmer weather. While you're undoubtedly excited to spend more time outside and keep the windows open, you have to consider the effects this season can have on your indoor air quality.

Spring allergies can persist even when you come inside, but you can keep your home's air fresh and clean with these tips.

Purchase a UV Light Air Purifier

Ultraviolet light is invisible to humans, but it effectively destroys microorganisms and bacteria from the air. Because we don't have UV light indoors, it's easy for indoor air quality to contain far more allergy triggers and virus-causing bacteria than the outdoors.

A UV air cleaner can kill harmful toxins and allergens while making your home cleaner year-round. It's especially useful during the spring when more allergy-inducing particles are being brought indoors.

Control Your Humidity Levels

No one likes a hot and humid day, especially when it's inside their own home. Indoor humidity levels should never surpass 50 percent, but most homeowners don't know how to check their humidity or modify it properly. You can check the humidity in your house with a device called a hydrometer.

Your humidity level will be displayed as a percentage, which you can then adjust using a humidifier or dehumidifier. If your home's humidity is too high, lowering it to around 35 percent can help kill bacteria, prevent mold growth and improve your overall comfort.

Pay Attention to Pet Hair

Dogs should be professionally groomed at least once a month to avoid contaminating your home's air with pet dander and fur. Trimming their coats for the warmer weather can also help reduce allergens as there is less shedding and particles being carried indoors.

Whenever your pet goes outside, make sure that you brush them before they are allowed to roam freely through the house. Even a few strokes can help shake off any pollen or other allergens that have gotten onto their fur.

Upgrade Your Vacuum

Consider purchasing a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which indicates how well the machine can remove fine particles from surfaces. HEPA vacuums can remove up to 99 percent of microscopic particles from your floors as well as furniture.

If you have carpet or rugs in your home, vacuuming at least four times a week can ensure that they aren't gathering allergy-causing bacteria, dust and dirt.

Schedule an Air Duct Cleaning

Your air filter is just one aspect of your HVAC system that should be tended to regularly. Every five years or so, schedule a professional duct cleaning that removes all of the dirt and dust that's accumulated in your vents. No matter how clean your air filter is, indoor air quality won't improve if there is mold, mildew or bacteria lurking in your ducts.

A good cleaning should end with a mold-resistant coating being applied to your ducts' walls. This will drastically reduce the number of particles that cling to the surface and reduce your risk of harmful mold spores breedings in your vents.

Switch to Organic Cleaning Products

Many popular cleaning supplies contain harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances that exacerbate allergies. Green cleaning products contain little to zero VOCs and are better for both the environment and your family's health.

Naturally derived cleaning products are safer to use with children and pets, and they are typically made with sustainable, recyclable materials. To avoid spring allergies indoors, you should wipe down your window sills and door frames at least once a week, mop and deep-clean your counters, faucets and rugs.

Contact AirCon Air Conditioning & Heating today to learn more about improving your home's air quality. From air purification systems to HVAC tune-ups, we can provide expert recommendations on how to improve your home's air.