Spring is finally here in San Francisco, so you can expect blue skies and warm, sunny weather. But for many homeowners, it’s also time for spring cleaning. You might even have a few things planned for your home! But don’t forget to include your HVAC system on your checklist if you want to improve your home’s IAQ, or indoor air quality. If you’re not sure where to start, our air conditioning technicians at Schmitt have shared a few tips to keep in mind below:
Dust and vacuum thoroughly. Although you’re likely already doing this, you probably tend to skip some of the more hard-to-reach spots, such as under furniture or on top of ceiling fan blades. Dust and dirt will just keep accumulating in these areas, and will still affect your indoor air quality. Make sure to thoroughly clean and vacuum these areas this spring to prevent allergy flare-ups and keep your air clean. Keep in mind that dirty carpets can be hard to clean on your own, so consider having it done professionally instead! Change your air filters. Of course, you can’t just clean or change your air filters once or twice a year. Professional heating and cooling technicians recommend changing them every 30 to 90 days, depending on how much you use your unit. You should also get into the habit of changing them regularly if you want to keep your indoor air clean and safe to breathe. Decorate your home with houseplants. Placing plants indoors is a natural way of removing toxins and other unwanted particles from the air. They’re also a nice visual touch that can actually improve productivity in your home. A Clean Air Study conducted by NASA also shows that noticeable air purification can be achieved if you place greenery every 100 square feet within any given space!
If you’re looking for something more effective, you’ll need to get an air purifier installed in your home as well. An air purifier helps filter out allergens and pollutants that are especially prevalent during the spring months. This is also recommended if you or a family member has asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues.
It also helps to work with a trusted HVAC service technician if you want your indoor air to be clean and ready for spring. Call Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning today at (415) 522-0966 or fill out our contact form to schedule a maintenance check! We serve homeowners in San Francisco and the neighboring areas.