3 Simple Ways To Breathe Easier and Improve Air Quality This Spring!
After a long winter, nothing is more welcome than the warmer weather, wonderful smells, and colorful expressions of new plant life that spring provides. But with all the fragrant blooms and bustling vegetation comes the start of the dreaded allergy season! For so many people, seasonal allergies make it impossible to appreciate the joys of springtime, and it can seem like there’s no relief.
Many people try to hunker down indoors to steer clear of the pollen and dust in the air, but this often seems to make no difference - and it can even make matters worse as allergens and airborne pollutants collect inside the home. So this article will share a few easy (and inexpensive) ways to reclaim the indoors and help alleviate allergies this spring!
Open Windows To Bring In Fresh Air
Since the causes of most spring allergies come from outdoor sources, it may seem counterintuitive to let more outdoor air into the home - but this is one of the simplest ways to reduce the number of allergens and pollutants in the indoor air.
Aside from bathroom fans and vent hoods over cooktops, most homes are designed to keep the air inside to prevent the loss of cool or warm air (depending on the season) into the great outdoors. A consequence of this is that airborne pollutants tend to accumulate inside the house. This means pollen and other spring allergens can build up to much higher concentrations than in outdoor air.
So to help ventilate built-up pollutants, homeowners can open a few windows throughout the house, letting cleaner indoor air circulate and refresh the home’s air. This is best done on pleasant, breezy days (of which spring has many!) and can be done as often as homeowners like preferably at least once a week. If homeowners turn off the AC, this strategy can also help reduce their monthly energy bills!
Replace Air Filters Regularly
Opening windows to ventilate the house can do wonders in reducing airborne pollutants. Still, ensuring the HVAC system can capture the pollutants that inevitably hang around is vital. This is where the HVAC air filters come in. As the system circulates air throughout the home, the filters trap particles like dust, dander, and pollen. But if the filter gets too dirty, air won’t pass through the filter media, and the system won’t capture as many pollutants as possible.
To prevent this, homeowners can change air filters at least every 3 months. For some households, replacing the filters every 1-2 months may be necessary - particularly if they have multiple pets or any individuals are especially sensitive to allergies or have existing respiratory issues like asthma. Some homeowners may also want to consider using a different filter grade, as those with a higher MERV rating can capture smaller particles. However, it’s best to consult an HVAC professional to determine which filters are compatible with their specific system.
Keep Dust and Dirt To a Minimum
Regular air filter replacement is crucial for maintaining high indoor air quality (IAQ), but routine house cleaning is one more way to keep indoor pollutants to a minimum. The more dust and dirt build-up on surfaces throughout the house, the more can be kicked up and breathed in, aggravating allergies. So keeping the place clean can make a dramatic difference in IAQ!
Basic dusting, sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming of common areas every 1-2 weeks is a good protocol. Then, every month or so, homeowners can do deeper cleaning and hit those areas that often go overlooked, such as upholstery, curtains, and the tops of ceiling fan blades. It may be a bit of a chore, but a little spring cleaning can go a long way in making brutal seasonal allergies a thing of the past!
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