Spring cleaning is a great time to perform an annual check on the air quality of your home in North Texas before we start to seal them up again and crank up the Air Conditioning. Maintaining a good environment will help maintain your floors, carpet and even your skin longer.
Change HVAC Filters – According to Marla at Mike’s Air Conditioning, most filters need to be cleaned or replaced each month and even the 3-month filters must be changed more often if you have smokers, pets or allergy issues. Good quality filters reduce pollutants in the air but remember most HVAC filters are designed to keep the HVAC Unit clean and when they become inefficient you will have higher electricity or repair costs. A spring check-up and cleaning of AC units is recommended which involves units both inside and outside the house.
Keep humidity moderate. Too much humidity creates an environment attractive to mold, mildew and many pests, while too little humidity dries out wood, drywall and helps increase dust and other respiratory ailments.
An inexpensive Hygrometer to measure the humidity inside your home can be purchased for $15-$26 at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target or Walmart. In the DFW area outside humidity averages around 80% in the morning and 60% in the afternoons, but the humidity in your house may be quite different. Setting the AC at low temperatures will reduce humidity but increase electricity costs. A humidifier in the winter may raise humidity and make it feel warmer inside, while a dehumidifier may make it feel cooler by reducing humidity. Keeping relative humidity between 35% and 60% is best with the comfort level being 45-55%. This will preserve carpets, wood floors and masonry as well as your skin.
Check your air ducts. Check your outflow air ducts to see how much dust has built up on the little grates that cover duct openings. This is in indicator of whether your air ducts may be full of accumulated dust. If dust has built up it will trap pollen and other dirt and pump it back into your air year-round even when the windows and doors are closed. If they have a dust build-up it could be a good time to call a professional air duct cleaning company. Dirty air ducts cost you money in electricity, force AC units to work harder and create an unhealthy environment.
Increase your vacuum frequency as traffic in and out of the house increases with the warmer weather. Thoroughly clean under furniture, in corners, and even over furniture will help pick up the dirt before it gets ground in to carpets. Only wearing house slippers or house thongs helps preserve floors & carpets by reducing damage from the oils in bare feet as well as the abrasive sandpaper-like damage from shoes that drag in outside dirt, cinders and gravel.
Use high-efficiency filter bags – High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) double-lined vacuum filter bags capture 99% of the particles which helps reduce respiratory irritation. If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma this will be helpful in addition to frequent vacuuming of their living space.
Check Your Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector – The CO devices, which retail for $20–$60 are widely available, can either be battery-operated or AC powered (with or without a battery backup). There are a variety of CO detectors but the “electrochemical” detectors have proven to be the best. All CO detectors have “test” buttons like smoke detectors but they are not smoke detectors and smoke detectors will not check CO . Many states including Texas now require them in construction. The danger of carbon monoxide is that it is odorless, colorless and deadly. CO is more readily is absorbed in the body than oxygen which results in oxygen deprivation depending on the source of the CO. Thus, it can kill slowly over time or quickly depending on the amount of CO in the air. Common sources of CO in the home are open flames, space heaters, water heaters, blocked chimneys or running a car inside the garage.
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