It’s that time of year, where cool temperatures will start rolling in, leaves will begin to change color, and porches will be adorned with hay bales and jack o’ lanterns. Yes - Fall is upon us. We are familiar with the cleanup required when trees start dropping their leaves, but Summertime can leave a mess all of its own.
All of the barbequing, fun in the sun, and gardening can wreak havoc on your yard and the hot temperatures and spread of pollen can lead to reduced air quality. Here are some great ways to clean up that often overlooked summertime mess.
Remember to Replace Your Air Filter
We know - you hear this all the time! But be honest, when is the last time you changed it? If you’re like most, it’s probably not as often as you should. Changing your air filter this summer can benefit in many ways. Chances are you’ve been running your HVAC system quite a bit, it’s been a hot one!
When your air conditioning, or HVAC system, is running around the clock, it’s going to collect dust faster. Ultimately, by not changing a dusty air filter, you are recirculating that dust throughout your home. For better air quality in your home, changing the filter is crucial. Trust us, your allergies will thank you!
You’ll also be protecting yourself from frustrations like frozen coils and dirty ducts as a result of your HVAC system working double time. Also, when you replace your air filter, your HVAC system will not have to work as hard to pump cool air throughout your home, helping you save money on your energy bill! Pretty big benefits for a quick and simple fix!
Go Green When You Clean
Household cleaners with harsh chemicals and bleaches are only going to further reduce air quality. To prevent yourself from breathing in these chemicals, consider going with non-toxic options. Vinegar and water can do wonders for collecting dust off of baseboards and walls.
You can make a simple solution with lemon or tea tree essential oils if you want something with a bit more of a pleasant scent and antimicrobial properties. Many product lines are introducing “green” home cleaners, as a safe and non-toxic way to keep your home tidy and your air clear.
Check For Gas Leaks
Gas leaks can be dangerous, and a serious health impediment for homeowners. An important part of maintaining the air quality in your home is to check and be sure your home is not subject to a leak. It is important to note, if you ever smell a gaseous odor, to shut off the gas lines to your home immediately.
Common signs of a gas leak may be a hissing sound coming from your gas appliances, or if the flames on your gas stove are orange rather than blue. Using a handheld natural gas detector while walking through your home is another quick and easy way to check for leaks.
Call Your Trusted Professional
The air you and your family breathe in is not something to be taken lightly; routinely changing your air filter, using non-toxic cleaning supplies, and regularly checking for gas leaks are just a few ways to maintain the air quality in your home.
If you have concerns about air quality, or questions about gas leaks and HVAC system maintenance, our technicians at Honest Abe’s Home Services are here to help.