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Clear Skies Ahead: A Guide to Fresh Air and Allergy Relief this Spring

Are you looking forward to the beautiful flowers, warmer temperatures, and longer days that accompany springtime? If so, be careful what you wish for… because with all that beauty comes an influx of dust, pollen, mold, and other allergens that can sneak into your home and mess with your indoor air quality. These particles can cause allergies, breathing problems and make your family feel downright lousy.

Don’t worry, though. We’ve got some handy tips for West Texas homeowners. This guide will help you improve your air quality and keep your home fresh and healthy this spring.

Easy and Affordable Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Keep windows and doors closed on days with high pollen counts. This will help prevent allergens from getting in. You can find pollen count info by downloading a pollen tracker app or checking local weather websites.

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Vacuum your home regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to catch allergens. When pollen levels are highest in the spring, try to vacuum at least twice a week.

Take off your boots at the door to keep from tracking pollen, dust, and dirt into your home. You can also use doormats to trap dirt and allergens and clean your floors.

Regularly clean and dust surfaces to reduce allergens. Focus on dust collection areas like bookshelves, window sills, and ceiling fans. A damp cloth works great for capturing and removing allergens.

Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom to remove extra moisture and prevent mold growth. Running these fans for 10-15 minutes after cooking or showering can help decrease your home’s humidity levels.

Air Filters: Your Home’s Best Defense

Diligently changing your HVAC system’s air filters is vital to maintaining good indoor air quality. Air filters catch airborne pollutants like pollen, pet dander, mold, bacteria, and viruses. Use a medium to high-efficiency air filter (according to your HVAC manufacturer’s recommendations). This simple task can make a big difference in the air quality of your home.

Taking Clean Air to the Next Level

If changing air filters isn’t cutting it, you should invest in an air purification system. We can add a whole-home solution to your heating and cooling system that uses advanced technology to kill 99% of specific airborne pathogens, including coronavirus, bacteria, and other germs. Another option is installing UV germicidal lights that kill bacteria and mold growing on your HVAC’s indoor coil. If mold is already growing in your home, this can improve indoor air quality.

Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC System

One of the most effective things you can do to improve indoor air quality here in West Texas is to schedule a maintenance visit for your HVAC system. Here at Consumer Air, we thoroughly clean a customer’s air conditioning unit (inside and outside), ensuring it is free of dust and debris. We can also check for mold growth in your system and recommend solutions to prevent it from worsening. This check-up improves your home’s air quality and ensures your HVAC system runs at peak performance, keeping your home comfortable during the hot summer months.

Spring is a wonderful time of year, but to fully enjoy it, you must know how it can affect your home’s air quality. By following these simple tips and scheduling a pre-summer check-up for your HVAC system, you can create a healthy and comfortable living environment for you and your family. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Consumer Air at (806) 777-1307. We’re here to help you breathe easy and enjoy the beauty of spring in West Texas.

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