How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Spring

In Wake Forest, North Carolina, spring delivers blooming flowers, warmer days, and longer daylight hours. However, for many people, spring is the prime season for indoor air quality issues. Learn how using eco-friendly home cleaning products, controlling humidity, and installing an air cleaner can help you address indoor air quality problems.

Use Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Products

If you’re trying to tackle a long list of spring-cleaning chores, you may think that using strong commercial home cleaning products is the right approach. However, many of these products can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in commercial cleaning products can often remain in the air long after you’ve used them. These VOCs can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. To avoid these problems with VOCs, use eco-friendly cleaning products such as baking soda and distilled white vinegar.

Control Humidity in Your Home

Warm spring days can bring high humidity to Wake Forest. The excess moisture in the air can contribute to biological growth indoors. If you discover this growth in damp, moist areas of your home such as the basement or bathrooms, you’ll want to check indoor humidity levels. Relative humidity levels should be between 30 percent and 50 percent.

If your HVAC system isn’t able to support a healthy humidity level, consider installing a whole-home dehumidifier. This type of dehumidifier removes excess humidity from the air. Your family members will appreciate the comfortable conditions, and your HVAC system will be able to operate more efficiently.

Install an Air Cleaner

Opening your windows to let spring breezes inside can bring pollen indoors. Kids and pets coming into and going out of your home can also invite pollen inside.

We recommend installing an air cleaner designed to work with your home’s HVAC system. An air cleaner helps trap small particles before they get into your HVAC system and disbursed throughout your home.

Are you frustrated with trying to improve your home’s indoor air quality? Call Mitchell Heating & Cooling at 919-948-3263 to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions.

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