3 Helpful Fall Cleaning Tips for Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
As autumn brings shorter days and cooler temperatures to Atlanta, GA, we naturally spend more time indoors. To ensure a healthy and comfortable home environment in the coming months, follow these easy fall cleaning tips for enhanced indoor air quality.
Choose Your Cleaning Supplies Carefully
Diligent cleaning is one of the best ways to control particulate matter in your home. However, it can also worsen things if you aren’t careful. Avoid aerosol sprays, scented products, and cleaning supplies that may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) whenever possible. Wipe surfaces with a damp microfiber cloth to trap dust particles instead of merely pushing them around. To further minimize dust, use a vacuum equipped with a certified HEPA filter at least once a week.
Air Out Your Home While You’re Cleaning
In addition to using the right tools, it’s crucial to keep your home well-ventilated while you’re cleaning. Opening the windows is a good start, but it may not be sufficient to eliminate dust and other particulates. Placing an outward-facing fan in the nearest window can also help generate more air movement. However, it’s worth investing in a mechanical ventilator for truly worry-free cleaning. Whole-house ventilators deliver continuous and controlled air circulation, whisking away pollutants and ushering in fresh, clean air.
Clean or Change Your HVAC Filter
Considering their entire job is to trap airborne particles, it’s no surprise that HVAC filters get dirty quickly. That’s especially true if you’re busy cleaning and decluttering for fall. Even if you check your filter regularly — and you should! — it’s wise to make it part of your seasonal cleaning routine. If you have a reusable filter, wash it thoroughly and make sure it’s clean before reinserting it. Otherwise, simply check it and drop in a fresh one if it looks dirty or discolored.
Regular cleaning is essential to maintaining a healthy home environment, but it’s not always enough. This fall, say goodbye to harmful contaminants once and for all with enhanced indoor air quality solutions from Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.
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