Home air quality can take a dive during spring, when flowers, trees and grasses begin to bud. If you or a loved one suffers form these problems, you know how draining this can be. Homeowners need effective solutions during this season to keep allergens out of the home.
Here’s what you can do to boost home air quality:
- Use what you already have. Turn on your air conditioner to remove some of the humidity in your home, as excess moisture can cause mold and mildew to build up and irritate allergies. If your A/C doesn’t help to remove moisture, and your home’s humidity levels are higher than 50 percent, your cooling equipment may not have been sized properly. Talk to your HVAC contractor about your options—many times adding a whole house dehumidifier can really help.
- Check the filter. Your system’s air filter is one of your primary defenses against allergens, but it must be clean in order to work effectively. As you start to use the A/C, check its filter every month. Change it when it looks dirty—at least every three months.
- Don’t drag allergens in. Take off your shoes at the door. Otherwise you'll track allergens throughout your home.
- Install germicidal lights. Ultraviolet lights installed as part of your existing HVAC system target airborne microorganisms, rendering them unable to reproduce.
- Wash your bedding often. Most homeowners spend more time in their bedrooms than any other location in their homes. Washing everyone's sheets, pillowcases and blankets every week in hot water will minimize allergens and dust mites. Don't forget throw pillows or the blankets on your living room sofa or other high-use spots.
- Use an air purifier. You can purchase a whole home air-purification system that specifically targets allergens that trigger your family's allergies.
- Vacuum the right way. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to permanently trap particles. Conventional vacuums can often make the problem worse by stirring up more dirt than they catch.
- Minimize moisture. To keep mold at bay, use ventilating and exhaust fans to your advantage, and turn them on whenever you’re cooking or showering.
- Have your environment monitored. Quantify your issues with an air monitor. We use an instrument produced by a company called Air Advice to determine the problems, measure their severity and then gauge the improvement once action has been taken.
Don’t let your home air quality become degraded by spring allergies—take action.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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