Fall has arrived, and we’re starting to feel that familiar chill in the air. Before long, we’ll be spending most of our time indoors, getting cozy with our families as the temperatures outside continue to plummet and we begin to decorate for the holiday season.
Fall is a great time to pay attention to the quality of the air in your home. No one wants to get stuck inside a stuffy house filled with icky dust mites when the weather turns frigid. Here are some tips from Hutchinson, a leading heater repair company in the Philadelphia area, for improving the quality of your indoor air and increasing your enjoyment of the upcoming cold-weather months.
Put Mats and Hooks Near the Door
The dirt you track in from the outdoors can carry all sorts of chemicals and pollutants. With leaves falling from trees throughout the fall season, your shoes and clothing pick up a lot of extra pollen. Unless you take shoes and jackets off when you enter the home and keep them near the door, you’ll introduce all those allergens into your indoor air.
Consider placing a hypoallergenic floor mat in your entryway for shoes. Provide hooks or other jacket-hanging options nearby, so family members and guests don’t have to throw their coats on furniture or bring them further into the house.
Vacuum and Dust Regularly
Clear time every week for some basic house cleaning, making sure to give carpeting a thorough sweep with the vacuum, dusting the furniture, and mopping any hard flooring areas. Don’t forget places where dust likes to hide, such as ceiling fan blades. If you have a pet, pay special attention to any of your pet’s favorite areas and be sure to clear furniture of pet hair.
Monitor Humidity Levels
With cold weather comes dry air, and a significant decrease in humidity during the fall and winter months brings the discomfort of cracked skin, brittle hair, scratchy throats, and itchy noses. On the other hand, too much humidity in the air in your home causes its own set of problems, including the potential for mold and mildew to grow.
For maximum comfort and air quality, try to keep your relative humidity levels around 40 percent, not letting them dip below 30 percent or go above 50 percent.
Have Your Ducts and Vents Cleaned by a Professional
Your air ducts are essential for circulating warm air throughout your home, connecting the heater to the vents in your living spaces, and helping you stay cozy on those chilly fall and winter days. However, without regular cleanings, they also collect dust, pet dander, and other indoor air pollutants and pump those throughout the vents, as well. Over time, you might notice family members sniffling, sneezing, wheezing, and generally feeling ill.
An HVAC professional can rid your ducts of all those allergens and help everyone breathe a lot easier by performing a thorough air duct cleaning.
While you’re attacking the airborne allergens around your home, don’t forget about your dryer vents! In this quick video, we take a look at why it’s important to go beyond a simple swipe of the lint screen and have the dryer’s entire venting system cleaned out.
As a full-service heater repair company serving Gloucester County, NJ, and the surrounding region, Hutchinson can help protect your family’s health and safety by giving your air ducts and dryer vents a thorough cleaning this fall. Contact our team today to discuss our indoor air quality services or to schedule an appointment.