The Joys of Clean Indoor Air Quality
Does your quality indoor air “spark joy” for you? This spring, Marie Kondo’s methods of organization, based on keeping possessions that “spark joy,” has become wildly popular.
Perhaps you too have been swept up into a flurry of organizing the house and giving away unwanted items, especially since this craze has perfectly lined up with spring cleaning.
However, if you’re only looking at your physical objects or closets, you’re missing out. When cleaning and decluttering to see what “sparks joy,” you should also see if your air quality and HVAC system are igniting joy and happiness in your life and lungs.
Noticing Your Air Quality
During spring cleaning, you’ll come across many items demanding your time and attention. It’s easy to tell when a toy is broken or a bookshelf is overstuffed and easy to clean or replace these items.
But other things are less noticeable, such as the most important thing in your home: your air. Unless you have health issues or have a significant problem with pollution, most of the time you won’t even really notice the air, because it’s just…there.
But, given how much time is spent indoors, it’s important to take a step back and figure out if you have good or bad air circulating in your home.
Measuring Indoor Air Quality
Do you know if you have high-quality air in your home? While it would be difficult to measure it, there are a few things you can do to see if you have good indoor air quality.
- Think about the past month. Although most of us may struggle to remember every detail of every day, think back and see if you can recall suffering from more sneezing, coughing, or sinus issues than normal in the past month.
Also, take into account your children and/or spouse and if you’ve noticed any changes in their health. Allergens like dust, mold, and pollen can cause allergies to flare up. It can make severe health issues like asthma worse too.
- See if anything is amiss with your HVAC system, filters, or air vents. Although a professional is the only person who should be servicing and inspecting your HVAC system, you can look pretty easy to see if your HVAC system is suffering from neglect. The first thing you should check is your air filter. If it’s overdue for a change, it may have a thick film of dust, which means it no longer can filter air well.
If dust is peeking out of vents, coils, wires, and air ducts, or blanketed thickly inside vents, then your air is being filtered poorly and you may have a serious issue on your hands. Sometimes, a sign your HVAC system isn’t working could be something as simple as not hearing the machine at all or air not coming from the vents, both signs your blower might not be running.
Still not sure? A professional can make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly and efficiently!
Getting a Spring Tune-Up Now
For peace of mind and to ensure your HVAC system is working year-round, particularly during the hottest and coldest times of the year, you should have your HVAC system professionally serviced twice a year.
In addition, you’ll need to change your filter as often as needed. Now is the best season to make sure your HVAC is in tip-top shape before the hot summer months arrive. Your HVAC system likely has to work its hardest in the winter and summer, so ideally you’d plan to have your system inspected in the spring and fall.
That way, any serious problems should be able to be addressed in time to prevent unpleasant temperatures in your home during the hottest and coldest months of the year. Don’t forget, part of reducing the amount of dust in your home and air also requires dusting high places like shelves, windowsills, and ceiling fans. Don’t forget these places during spring cleaning!
For all your maintenance needs, be sure to call us at (505) 898-8860! One of our experienced technicians will be happy to ensure your HVAC system is properly maintained and running smoothly so that you can enjoy enhanced air quality and clean home that “sparks joy” all spring and summer long.