During the winter months, spending time indoors marathoning Netflix shows and curling up in a cozy blanket is typically part of the routine. Enjoying a hot cocoa while snow falls outside the window, cuddling up to your favorite pet, cancelling plans — these are all things we tend to covet when the air turns cold and our summertime excitement fades away.
With that, however, comes more time cooped up inside, running your heating and ventilation systems non-stop. Over time, all this extra strain can lead to less healthy air flow for your space.
Dust, dirt, pet dander, and additional allergens can build up in the air, causing an environment that’s not only less clean, but which can potentially be harmful. Allergy sufferers can have bad reactions to environmental pollutants, and poor air quality can make it harder to breathe for just about everyone.
It may be easier to see and consider the dust and dirt that’s visible in the cracks between the blinds or building up around the sink, but the kind of pollution that permeates the air? Remember that these unseen invaders affect your home (and your health) too.
What can you do to improve the air quality in your home? Here are some easy, effective ways to start purifying your air — and breathe a whole lot easier, all year long.
Keeping it clean
A clean house makes for a healthier house — and can help improve the air all around you. Stay up on your vacuuming, dusting, and mopping routines, in order to keep dust and pet dander at bay and stop harmful bacteria and grime from building up.
Be sure to clean your air filters and vents
Filters used for various parts of the house — like in an air conditioner or a furnace, for example — need to be changed regularly. Cleaning or replacing your filters is a great way to ensure that less dust and fewer irritants get into the air. Similarly, be sure to regularly dust the air vents around your home. This is a great way to cut back on environmental irritants.
Make your home a no-smoking zone
If you smoke or have family members who do, take care to keep the smoke outside as much as possible. Not only will it help in keeping the air pollution down, it will aid in keeping those around you healthier — not to mention helping your house and all its surfaces and fabrics stay clean and fresh.
Keep the humidity to a minimum
Since dust mites and mold feed off humidity, try to keep the humidity levels at a minimum if possible. Try using an exhaust fan or cracking a window when cooking, running the dishwasher, or bathing. Also keep an eye out for leaky plumbing, which may lead to excess humidity.
Take it easy on harsh chemicals and cleaners
Sweeping Dimensions is always about finding the most green, environmentally-friendly ways to freshen up your house. Harsh chemicals and products can emit harmful gases and lead to irritation. So, invest in green, environmentally sound solutions, when you can. Not only do these kinds of products help the environment while keeping your space immaculate, they can also keep the air in your home space healthy as well.
Open up the windows and let the air in!
To get the healthiest air flow going in the house? Try and get some natural air flow indoors. For your health and happiness, a healthy dose of natural air is often key. While we understand this can be more difficult in the colder months, do your best opening a window or letting some air in through a door here and there to keep things balanced.
Invest in an air purifier
If you have indoor allergens and can’t really control the source of the issue, an air purifier is a helpful way to go to ensure a cleaner and more healthy flow of air. These machines can help capture some of the irritants that trigger allergic reactions, helping to keep the air clean and pure.
Add houseplants for all-natural air treatments
For a natural — and absolutely beautiful — air treatment, consider going green and investing in houseplants. Green plants can add a splash of color to your home. They’re easy to clean and protect, and can help purify your air in a major way. In fact, certain types of houseplants can essentially remove 90 percent of the toxins from your indoor air, in less than 24 hours.
Have Sweeping Dimensions Help Clear the Air
In need of some extra professional help to keep your air clean and your health in tip-top shape? Even if you’ve bought the latest high tech air purifier, we can help to ensure your space is as fresh as can be.
Here at SDCS, we make it our duty to help keep your house clean and tidy, and give you back time for the most important things in your life. We’re available for deep cleanings and routine housekeeping — all to make sure your space is clean, clear, and beautiful, all year long.
Our teams of professionally trained and uniformed cleaners offer flexible time windows, and can bring all of the cleaning products necessary to clean your home, with an emphasis on green, environmentally friendly materials.
When you need to breathe easier, we can help take some of the pressure off, giving you back time to focus on what matters most. Have any questions? Ready to get started? Drop us a line today for your free cleaning estimate.