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Spring Cleaning Can Bring Indoor Air Issues

Posted on April 03, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

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This time of year, it’s easy to get excited about doing some spring cleaning, right?

Open up the windows, wash the drapes, clean the carpets, dust every surface–each task gives us that spring clean feeling.

Right up until it gives us a nasty headache.

Spring cleaning is great for surfaces and textiles, but not always so great for the air quality in your home. And when you open those windows, you’re letting the pollen and mold spores in with the fresh air.

But don’t despair! It’s still worth doing all that cleaning, you just need to put a little thought into it with your elbow grease!

  • Change your filters–The filter in your air purifier (you do have one, right?), the furnace, air conditioner or HVAC system and your vacuum will do a better job if it’s new and clean.
  • Start at the top–Work your way from high to low when you clean a room. Dust ceiling fans, wash drapes and clean furniture before you work on the floor. When you get to the carpets, be sure you are using a good vacuum that doesn’t just distribute the dirt, but really gets rid of it.
  • Clean your ducts–Spring is the perfect time to have regular maintenance done on your air ducts, kitchen exhaust vents and dryer vents to make sure there are no contaminants and to minimize the danger of fire.
  • Dehumidify–A dehumidifier reduces the moisture level in your home, helping to avoid the growth of mold and the spores that can cause allergic reactions.
  • Cleaning Products–A little baking soda and vinegar can go a long way. Check out this website on the uses of this great home mixture! If you want to use commercially available cleaning products, look for greener options. But whatever you use, clean with the windows open to avoid reactions to strong scents that can lead to dizziness and headaches.
  • You Too Can Make Poison Gas–Never mix bleach with ammonia or use bleach cleaners on toilets or mold. The nasty gas that is produced can cause unconsciousness that can lead to a tragic outcome from your spring cleaning project!

AirTek can help you with commercial and residential duct cleaning, kitchen exhaust vents, dryer vents and other indoor air quality maintenance, so if you are in California, give us a call or send us an email!

We hope you got through another April Fool’s Day with your sense of humor intact!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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