Get Ready for Spring on March 20

spring-is-hereWhat is your favorite part of spring? Is it the longer days? The warmer days ahead? Perhaps you have a favorite hobby that will now get in full swing that the season is changing.

One thing is for sure; spring offers a great opportunity for a fresh start. As a homeowner, take advantage of this new season to get your home organized, clean and allergen-free.

Spring Cleaning Right at the Start of the Season

Did you know that spring cleaning is a great way to improve your air quality in your home? It’s time to go from room to room to declutter and purge unwanted items. Not only will this help you get your home more organized, you’ll find it a big help if you’ve got allergies. Dust that gathers in clutter can really be bothersome.

Don’t forget to go through your linen cupboards as well and launder everything. Linens that haven’t been used in a while gather a great deal of dust.

closed-windowDo extra tasks that can help cut down on allergens, like beating out rugs outdoors and steam cleaning your carpets and upholstery.

How to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Most allergens are invisible, but irritating. Here are some tips on how you can reduce their presence in your home and improve your indoor air quality. While you will obviously use cleaners during your spring clean, avoid those that are heavily perfumed. The scents can exacerbate allergies.

When you are dusting, wear a mask and start at the top of the room and work your way down. It’s a good idea to do a thorough vacuum of all surfaces and furniture. Make sure that your vacuum has a HEPA filter, which is effective at removing allergens that are trapped in your carpet fibers.

Your kitchen can be a hotbed for allergies, especially if end up with bugs and pests, whose droppings can make your allergies worse. After cooking, run the fan and wipe up all food particles and messes, which can decompose and mold. Make sure that your kitchen flooring is easy to clean (i.e. never have carpet in the kitchen).

Mold growth in basements and bathrooms can be a problem as well. Always wipe the bathroom clean after showering with a squeegee. Replace shower curtains as soon as you see any sign of mold. Inspect your basement for mold often and use a dehumidifier.

Pet Dander Reduction

pet-allergensEven though your pet is super cute, you don’t like the allergic reactions that you get from their hair and dander. This spring, get your ducts cleaned out and remove that pet hair that has gathered over the winter. If you aren’t already in the habit, change your filter every month on your HVAC unit. You need a clean filter to trap the allergens.

Make sure that your pet doesn’t go on your bed or on furniture that you sit on often. Bathe them often to reduce the dander. You may want to consider switching out carpeting for wood or vinyl flooring because carpet fibers hang on to pet dander.

When is the last time you had a tune-up or changed your air filter? Mountain Air, Cooling & Heating can help. Call us today at (479) 782-4328 in Ft. Smith, AR.