Springtime. The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the windows are wide open. Springtime, to many, is a breath of fresh air. But while the outdoor air is refreshing, it’s another story for indoors. Indoor air quality tends to be poorer in the warmer months, as pollen counts increase. So how exactly does our indoor air quality fare during the springtime, and what contributes to it?
Spring cleaning is a common practice for many, as it is the time to air out the home of all the winter must. Scrubbing down surfaces with chemical cleaners is the go to for many, but this can do more harm to your air quality. The chemicals present in the cleaners can linger and pollute your air. If you’re concerned, you should opt in for natural cleaners. These are less harsh but can get the job done. Plus, you won’t need to worry about containing your air!
As beautiful as the flowers and plants are, this blooming transition can wreak havoc on our air quality. Seasonal allergies flare up around this time a year, due to the immense amount of pollen floating around. And if you have an air conditioner, you might be harboring onto a high pollen count indoors, which can make it more difficult to breathe for those afflicted from seasonal allergies.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Keeping a constant cleaning schedule, such as regularly vacuuming and dusting, can tremendously help with improving your indoor air quality. Make sure you are cleaning the blades on your ceiling fans and dusting any debris that has accumulated at the vents. If you’re planning to do a deep spring clean, consider getting your air ducts professionally cleaned. While this can be an investment, you only need to do this once every three to five years.