April 1, 2021 Uncategorized

Your HVAC systems are most thankful for the change of seasons. After another grueling period during the frosty winter, the temperatures are becoming much more bearable. Who doesn’t want the warmth of spring and all the beautiful colors it brings, right? Unfortunately, with the coziness of springtime comes different indoor air quality issues at home.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted HVAC company in Edina MN. In this blog, we want to share with you some important tips on how to have healthy indoor air this season.

Overview

Over the course of winter months, it is often necessary for your indoor air to be humidified, as relative humidity in outdoor air is much lesser during this time of year. However, during spring, the outside moisture levels will increase, which means you now need to dehumidify the air coming from the outside to condition your indoor air. The increased water volume within the HVAC system can turn into dampness and possible microbial development.

Moreover, spring is notorious for causing people to suffer seasonal allergies triggered by the increase in outdoor particulate matter, especially pollen. Also, migratory birds, which may be found on the rooftops near outdoor intakes can affect the quality of your indoor air.

With that in mind, here are some helpful tips you can consider.

Regular House Cleaning

A clean house is a healthy house. Your cleaning efforts should focus on strategies to minimize the buildup of mold, dirt, dust, and particles in your home.

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt on your carpets and rugs. Do this at least twice a week with a vacuum cleaner that is packed with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.

Be sure to regularly change your beddings, drapes, and other items that attract allergens. This is particularly important if you’re living with household pets. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, washing your beddings in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit is an effective way to cleanse them. Also, consider using dust mite-proof pillow covers and mattresses.

Duct Cleaning

Regardless of the season, airborne allergens are drawn into your HVAC system and stay the ductwork. When you turn the system on, those allergens and microscopic pollutants are pushed into your home, which you and your family inhale. For this reason, it’s important to think about having a professional to clean and disinfect your duct system. This step is an effective way to improve your indoor air quality, especially if you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in about five years.

House Plants

Thirty years ago, NASA discovered that houseplants can absorb harmful toxins from the air, especially in confined spaces with poor ventilation. This study has been the basis for research about indoor plants and their role in cleaning indoor air. While plants don’t clean the air as effectively as air purifiers, they are more natural, therapeutic, and economical. Peace Lily, Red-Edged Dracaena, Snake Plant, and Lady Palm are some of the most well-known plants that can improve your indoor air quality.

Ventilation Upgrade

Your home needs proper ventilation to achieve good indoor air quality. However, if your home is airtight, it prevents the proper exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Without proper ventilation, the air becomes musty, there’s too much moisture, and mold and mildew begin to develop in your home.

There should be a good circulation of outdoor air into your home to weaken harmful contaminants. Investing in a ventilation system is the way to go. This device adds the proper amount of fresh air from the outside to the indoor air. It uses ducts and fans to draw in and circulate fresh air throughout your home. It can also release air from certain areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. A ventilation system improves your comfort level, makes your HVAC system more efficient, prevents condensation, and cleans your indoor air. What should stop you from having one?

Ask the Air Quality Pros

If you need a ventilation system, a humidification system, a better filtration system, or an air purifier, call Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning. We have an array of air purification products that can improve your indoor air quality and keep your family safe from airborne contaminants. We are your reliable Minnetonka heating and air conditioning company.