Improving the Indoor Air Quality in your home this Spring
Restrictions in Victoria and the eastern suburbs are still in place although with schools returning in a week, we are slowly starting to feel free again! We’ve all been sealed in tight against the cold of winter and these restrictions of Covid-19. We know the warmer days are coming, as we have had little tastes here and there…. but what can we do in spring to help those living in our homes who are sensitive to indoor allergens or have respiratory problems?
Stale indoor air and heating systems can increase the amount of allergy-inducing dust mites, pet hair, and mold spores circulating through our homes. On days like today it may still be too chilly to throw open the windows to pull out the musty air. It has been widely recognised that most of the things that cause problems with indoor air quality are odorless. This means that unless you or one of your loved ones is suffering from symptoms (including asthma flare ups, fatigue, rashes, itchy eyes, even digestive issues) there's nothing to alert you to the problem.
If we’re honest… it's probably not possible to eliminate all the allergens inside your home. However, you can easily reduce the number — and your exposure to them — by making some simple changes. Here are some tips to improve the air quality inside your home and hopefully reduce or remove allergy symptoms.
Keep it clean.
A clean house will be a healthier house. We are all be aware of improving our basic self-hygiene during this pandemic (washing hands, wearing masks, cleaning down surfaces etc..) However, we shouldn’t forget about the whole home hygiene and include a thorough regular cleaning routine. Your cleaning efforts should focus on strategies to reduce the accumulation of pet hair, mold, and dust lurking in your home. Focus on the following:
- Vacuuming the carpets and area rugs at least once or twice a week with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. Opting for hard-surface flooring instead of wall-to-wall carpeting may also cut down on allergens in the home.
- Regularly cleaning bedding, drapes, and other items that tend to attract allergens—particularly if you have pets.
- Clearing clutter, because it traps and holds dust that can trigger a reaction.
Keep the greenery outdoors.
Although indoor plants can release oxygen and many people believe they should have a place in the home…Most indoor plants create more problems than they help.
They are pretty, but they can also collect and foster the growth of mold. If you must have that leafy fern to complete your décor, consider moving them outside during winter and early spring, and only bring them indoors when the temperatures rise enough for you to have windows and doors open.
Maintain your equipment & filters and consider UV lights.
If you have a forced-air heating or cooling system, you must clean/change the filters regularly. This can be done easily on your annual service. Ask your service technician about the condition of your filters/pads and they may recommend a HEPA or MERV filter over your standard one, especially if you have allergy sufferers in your home. Electrostatic filters can help ensure that dust and other airborne irritants get trapped instead of being recirculated throughout your home.
Consider having your ducts cleaned to remove trapped dust. This may not always be advisable, but it helps in some cases. Generally, a good quality return air filter should suffice most home heating/cooling systems.
At Alpine we can also install state of the art Ultraviolet lights that have been proven to kill 99% of bacteria, viruses and mold spores that can be trapped inside your HVAC equipment.
Invest in an air purifier/dehumidifier or humidifier
If you're allergic to indoor allergens and can't control the source of the problem, it may help to use an air purifier. Placed in the most commonly used areas of the house, these devices, in particular ionic purifiers, can help capture some of the irritants that may trigger your symptoms.
If your home has damp areas you may want to consider installing a dehumidifier. This will help prevent the growth of mold. Bathrooms and laundries are common target areas. On the other hand, if your air is dry (from constant use of AC equipment etc) you may look at installing a humidifier. At Alpine we can install a whole home humidifier/dehumidifier that integrates with your existing AC equipment. These can be great options for year-round comfort in your home.
Let fresh air in, and stale air out!
Ensure you have appropriate ventilation in your home. Kitchen, bathroom and laundry exhaust fans are essential. And then, when you do get a nice spring day, open up the windows! Let the fresh air enter your home! Ask the team at Alpine about Heat recovery ventilation systems – they are a fantastic way to bring in fresh air, warm it up, and circulate it even in the colder months.
If you would like to know more about improving your indoor air quality, check out our page… https://www.alpinetradegroup.com.au/indoor-air-quality
or give our team a call on 1300 252 225.
Alpine is a proud representative for “eco healthy home – indoor air quality” and can provide may different options designed for your specific home.