Clean Fall Air: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality After Summer Fun
Summer’s over. We hate it, too. But fall and winter can be nice, too. After you’re all done celebrating for Labor Day, you should think about cleaning your home to restore optimal indoor air quality. You see, after the summer, your home is riddled with dust, debris, and other contaminants, without you even realizing it.
Think about it: You just ran your air conditioner for a few months straight. You opened your backdoor plenty of times for the Sunday barbecue. The kids and the dog probably brought in some dirt on their shoes and paws.
Face it: Your home is a little filthy now. What better time for a clean-up than right before the fall? Here’s what we recommend you do to restore clean air in your home right in time for the cooler months.
Replace Your Air Filters for Clean Air
You just ran your air conditioner for months on end. Now is the perfect time to clean out your air filters - or better yet, replace them.
By replacing your air filters in the fall, you can:
- Get rid of the dust and dirt from the summer
- Clear out accumulated pollen and other allergens
- Prolong the life of your air conditioner
New air filters can change your entire indoor environment. No sniffles. No watery eyes.
Unless you love below-freezing temperatures, you’re going to spend most of your time indoors in the fall and winter months. Make sure you can breathe while you’re inside by replacing your air filters right after Labor Day.
Stop Using Non-Toxic Chemicals for Cleaning
You’ve heard rumors about how using bleach and ammonia does more harm than good. Well, guess what: the rumors are true.
Using harmful chemicals, like bleach, ammonia, and other no-name cleaners is simply a bad idea. Not only can these chemicals damage surfaces — but they can also impact your home’s indoor air quality.
Instead, try making your own all-purpose cleaners. You can find plenty of recipes online on how to make your own cleaner using ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, orange oil, and more!
Check for a Gas Leak Immediately
It’s a no-brainer that a gas leak will affect your home’s indoor air quality. But something as serious as a gas leak shouldn’t just be on your radar at the end of the summer. You should watch out for a gas leak at any time of the year.
Take note of these common gas leak warning signs:
- The smell of rotten eggs or sulfur
- Dead or dying plants
- A faint and constant whistling noise
Are you feeling faint or dizzy at home? You need to get to fresh air as soon as possible and call a gas leak detection specialist. They will locate and repair the leak so you can get back to normal life.
Post-summer cleanup can be a lot to handle on your own. That’s why we’re here to help. Our team at Gene Johnson Plumbing & Heating can help you with your post-summer cleanup. Whether you need heating and cooling maintenance or gas leak repairs, you can count on us.