Spring Cleaning Checklist for HVAC and IAQ
Spring is associated with all sorts of pleasant things — flowers blooming, birds chirping, warm weather. But with all of that comes an increase in pollen, allergens, and pests. Spring cleaning isn’t just about finally taking the time to dust and declutter, it’s also about preventing airborne contaminants that pollute your home’s indoor air and warding off expensive repairs and replacements.
If you are looking forward to a healthy and productive spring season, take a look at our Spring Cleaning Checklist devoted to air conditioning and indoor air quality. Although vacuuming the carpets and clearing out the clutter will have a positive impact on the indoor environment, there are other easy ways to improve your home’s air quality.
Pacific Heating & Cooling is focused on your health — the health of your home, family, and HVAC system. When your home is clean and your air conditioning system is maintained, the breathable indoor air will result in comfort, not coughing!
Improve your home’s indoor air quality and create a clean and healthy environment just in time for spring. We can’t avoid the changing seasons, but we can be proactive when it comes to seasonal allergies and breakdowns. Follow our expert tips to keep your HVAC system and indoor air quality in peak condition.
HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist:
Spring cleaning isn’t just about sprucing up the place, it’s also an important activity to assess and improve your home’s air quality. Airborne contaminants, especially in peak allergy season, cause a worsening of allergens, asthma and respiratory illness.
If your home has poor IAQ, it will have a negative health impact on your family. Symptoms of highly-polluted indoor air include headache, nausea, dizziness, coughing, sneezing, dryness of eyes, nose and throat and other flu-like symptoms. These effects are minimized by maintaining a clean home and HVAC system.
1. Air Duct Cleaning
Professional air duct cleaning is an effective way to improve the indoor air quality of your home. If there are airborne allergens present in your home, they will inevitably get sucked into your HVAC system. Over time, dust and debris will build up and need to be cleared from the air ducts before it has an adverse effect on the overall health of the home. No one wants to run their HVAC system and be worried about breathing continually cycled contaminants.
2. Carpet Cleaning
This spring, pay attention to your carpets. Removing the deep dust and debris from your carpets can improve indoor air quality immensely. We know you vacuum regularly, but it may be time for a professional cleaning. If that seems like too much, purchase a vacuum with HEPA filtration. Or use a vapor steam cleaner for the job. HEPA filters promise to remove 99.7% of allergens from carpet!
3. Mold & Moisture Monitor
Be a mold monitor this spring. Meaning, be on the lookout, and if any mold is seen in the home, be ready to take action. The negative health risks of mold in the home cannot be overstated. If you think there is a presence of mold or are interested in an in-home inspection, call on the professionals.
4. Houseplant Pets
Whether you have an animal companion (or many!) in your home or not, houseplants make great “pets.” They’re not only beautiful, but also useful. Many common houseplants are natural toxin blockers. Indoor plants, such as spider plants, aloe plants, and english ivy, remove toxins from the air and offer natural and effective air purification. Put one plant every 100 square feet for best results.
5. Clean Around Indoor & Outdoor Unit
The evaporator and condenser coils are surrounding by aluminum fins. They need proper airflow in order to work properly and efficiently. Every few months, inspect the perimeter around your indoor air handler and outdoor condenser unit.
There should be a minimum 3-foot clearance around the entire unit. While a professional HVAC tune-up should include a full cleaning and decluttering around indoor and outdoor units, make sure you keep an eye out for any dirty, clogged, or restricted units.
Additional Indoor Air Quality Tips:
- Vacuum, dust, and clean often. Consider using a HEPA vacuum with UV light for extra air cleaning.
- Use the best air filter possible for your HVAC system. You should be safe with a MERV 10 or 11, but some filters will be too thick for your system. Consult a professional HVAC technician about the best air filtration system for your home.
- Consider installing an air cleaner, such as UV lights and Air Scrubbers. Air purification systems don’t just trap airborne contaminants, they kill them.
- Maintain healthy ventilation and good airflow. Make sure all of your vents and registers are unobstructed and that you have working ventilation systems, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Maintain ideal humidity levels (30-50%). Air that is too dry or too humid can cause health problems and property damage. Make sure your HVAC system has a built-in humidification system to keep your indoor air safe for all.
- Schedule professional HVAC maintenance every fall and spring. During your annual HVAC tune-ups, a qualified HVAC technician will conduct a full cleaning and inspection. Make sure you schedule air conditioning maintenance in spring and heating maintenance in fall to ensure clean and efficient operation all year long.
Indoor air quality is important year-round. We spend so much time indoors, whether it be home, school, or the office. The air we are breathing when indoors can directly dictate our health. You can take control of your home’s IAQ by working with HVAC professionals and doing simple maintenance tasks at home.
Be sure to vacuum regularly, maintain ideal humidity levels, and schedule professional HVAC maintenance annually. Together with Pacific Heating & Cooling, achieve the spring (and IAQ) of your dreams.
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