It’s rainy, windy and downright chilly out—sounds like a typical winter in the Pacific Northwest! And it’s about to get colder, which means you’ll be cooped up inside for what feels like the foreseeable future. What a drag!
Since you’re spending so much time inside these days, it’s extra important that the air quality in your indoor spaces is high. And one of the best ways to tackle it is with a clean home. You may be tempted to spend your weekend curled up with a blanket and a hot cup of coffee, but taking some time to clean will be well worth it.
Here are five household chores that can raise the quality of your indoor air this season:
1. Vacuum and rotate your mattress
Your mattress can harbor all sorts of unpleasant odors and bacteria. Freshen it up to help remove particles and breathe easier.
2. Clean fan blades
The blades of your ceiling fan can be dust traps, especially if they aren’t in use. And if you proactively keep your fan dust-free, you won’t wind up with a snowstorm once you decide to turn it on. Yikes!
While it’s nobody’s favorite chore, keeping dust off indoor surfaces helps prevent harmful particles from unnecessarily filling the air you breathe. If you are noticing more dust than usual, it could be an issue with your furnace filter. Filters are a key line of defense against poor indoor air quality, so change yours monthly during the winter to keep your home fresh.
4. Take off your shoes
Leave your dirty street shoes at the door and stick with slippers or socks inside. You could be tracking all sorts of dirt, germs and unpleasantries from the outdoors into your home if you leave your tennies on—not only making it necessary to clean your floor more often, but lowering the quality of your indoor air.
5. Deep clean carpets
Carpets, like ceiling fans and mattresses, can be traps for dust and bacteria. Deep cleaning your carpets and rugs at least once a year will help you get all those deeply embedded particles out of your home.
Keeping your home clean is an important step in bettering the quality of your indoor air. For those areas that are harder to reach, like your ductwork and furnace, contact Barron’s Air Solutions Team: www.barronheating.com/airsolutions/.