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What tasks are on your spring cleaning list this year?
From light refreshes to deep, thorough cleans, it’s time to breathe new life into your home! While you and your family clean from room to room, make sure you’re breathing Healthy Air by following some simple tips.
1. Change Air Filters
Heating and cooling systems contain air filters that need to be changed regularly. Keeping them maintained helps the systems operate efficiently, and protects the air being dispersed throughout your home.
Most filters come with a recommendation for how often they should be changed. If you’re unsure, you can look at the color of the filter—it starts white and becomes darker shades of gray over time. If you see particles caked on the filter, it’s definitely time to change it out.
2. Trap Dust
Dust is inevitable around the home, and we don’t usually notice it until it gets blown into the air and we end up sneezing. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can manage dust throughout the cleaning process.
A damp cloth is highly effective at capturing dust from surfaces big and small, including the nooks and crannies of window shades and shelving units. When dusting objects up high, like a ceiling fan, cover furniture and other items with a drop cloth that can be washed or shaken out after dusting.
Vacuuming is a great way to finish the job and capture any dust that got displaced during the cleaning process. Vacuum floors and furniture, and don’t forget about the dust that’s accumulated under tables, chairs, and couches.
3. Avoid Scents and Unnecessary Chemicals
Many household cleaners, air fresheners, and even scented candles can fill your home with harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs can irritate asthma symptoms and other respiratory conditions.
The American Lung Association recommends avoiding air fresheners and any products that contain fragrances, VOCs, and flammable ingredients. Instead, clean with products like vinegar and add fresh scents with things like dried potpourri.
4. Ventilate and Purify
Bring the renewal of spring to the air in your home with AprilAire fresh air ventilation and air purification.
Opening doors and windows is an easy option if the weather is agreeable and allergens aren’t a concern for your family. For more control over what comes into your home, you can use AprilAire whole-home ventilation solutions to expel dirty air and replace it with fresh, outdoor air.
Every home can benefit from air purification throughout the year, and especially while you clean. AprilAire whole-home air purifiers can drastically cut down on dust, allergens, bacteria, and viruses in your home. They’re helpful for members of your family with asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems.