Having already thrown open the window to the temperate breeze, you’ve finally pulled out the duster, armed yourself with sanitizers, and collected various boxes intended to help you organize your junk drawer.
In short, spring cleaning is here.
But before you look around to tackle what you can see, we want to encourage you to include something new in your spring routine: Your indoor air quality.
Factoring In Your Air Filters
You’re most likely already familiar with the type of air filter that slides into your HVAC system. Replaced every three to four months on average, air filters are designed to trap fine particles of indoor pollution, thereby reducing the overall volume of airborne contaminants moving throughout your property’s ventilation system.
Thus, air filters are one of your first lines of defense in terms of optimizing your indoor air quality come time for spring. But in that case, what else might you need to know in terms of upgrading your system’s built-in air filtration process?
“If you decide to upgrade or use a higher efficiency filter, choose a filter with at least a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) 13 rating, or as high a rating as your system fan and filter slot can accommodate,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends in their “Guide to Air Cleansers in the Home.”
HEPA filters, or high-efficiency particulate air filters, have also risen in popularity in recent years. Considered to be somewhere between a MERV 17 and MERV 20 rating, studies show these filters are capable of trapping even some of the smallest of fine particles, theoretically removing up to 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and more.
Possibly Purchasing an Air Purifier
Where air filters are used to comprehensively cleanse the air throughout an entire property, air purifiers — also known as “portable air cleaners” or “air sanitizers” — are designed to filter and cleanse the air in a single room.
“Air purifiers may be particularly helpful when additional ventilation with outdoor air is not possible without compromising indoor comfort (temperature or humidity), or when outdoor air pollution is high,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains.
Additionally, if you cannot buy a HEPA filter for your property’s ventilation system, you may still be able to purchase an air purifier with a built-in HEPA filter of its own. According to Consumer Reports, the use of a HEPA air purifier may still result in “reductions of 50 percent or higher in particulate matter” within a given space.
Otherwise, placing an air purifier in the bedroom of a loved one with allergies or other sensitivities may also ease their symptoms by virtue of removing airborne allergens from their personal space.
Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands
Perhaps you’ve already tried one or both of the above, or maybe your indoor air quality problems are already extensive enough that you feel more professional help is merited.
In either case, Discreet Air Quality is here to help you smile with relief by the time you’re done with spring cleaning. All you have to do is contact our certified team to schedule an indoor air quality assessment!
Discreet Air Quality won’t just survey your property and identify the source(s) of poor air quality, but we’ll also provide you with actionable recommendations to help you understand what next steps are going to be the most effective in ensuring the health of both your property and your loved ones.
If you have further questions or are ready to get started, schedule your assessment today by calling 754-702-7019!