Home is where the heart is — and this important spot should definitely be where the relaxation, serenity, and positive vibes are too!
When you come home to your personal space, you want to feel alive, fresh, and, above all, comfortable. One of the easiest and most powerful ways to make your home feel calming and rejuvenating is to make sure you’re promoting a healthy flow of nice, clean air around your space.
Even in the cleanest homes, dust, dirt, pet dander, and additional allergens can sometimes build up around the house and circulate into the air, creating a home environment that’s not only less clean, but potentially harmful. Allergy sufferers can have bad reactions to these environmental pollutants, and poor air quality can make it harder to breathe for just about everyone.
So, how you can you improve the air quality in your home and keep the clean, refreshing air flowing all year long? Here are a few easy breezy ways you can make your home a breath of fresh air — literally!
Clean out vents
Be sure to regularly dust the air vents around your home. Vents can collect dust and trap hair and debris in their grates, blocking air flow and allowing irritants and allergens to build up. To get a truly effective clean, unscrew the covers from the walls and vacuum with a soft brush attachment to clean thoroughly. You may also want to wipe your vent covers down with warm, soapy water to fully get rid of the dust, dirt, and grime that has built up over time.
Regularly replace furnace filters
Filters used for various parts of the house — like in air conditioner or a furnace, for example — need to be changed regularly. Cleaning or replacing your filters on a routine schedule is a great way to ensure that fewer dust particles and irritants get into the air.
Clean your window AC units
If you use standing or window-mounted air conditioning units, be sure to regularly clean out their filters. This easy maintenance task can help improve your unit’s performance and energy efficiency, and help dramatically improve the quality of air in your home. Turn off the electricity to the unit and carefully remove the filter. If there is excessive hair, dust, or other debris trapped in the filter, you might want to vacuum or wipe down with a microfiber cloth before running under some water to clear the piece out completely.
Clean your window screens
Are you someone who celebrates spring and summer by throwing open your windows? Window screens are designed to keep the things outside of your home on the outside – and as a result, these commonly overlooked spots can gather a lot of dust and debris, which can significantly block the amount of air flowing through your open windows. Carefully remove the screen from its window frame and wipe it down with a clean cloth, then vacuum both sides with a soft brush attachment to remove excess dirt and debris. If you have a significant amount of dirt and grime caked to the screen, you may want to use a soft cloth to scrub both sides of the screen with a more potent cleanser, like dish soap diluted with water.
Dust off ceiling fans and air movers
Ceiling fans, standing fans, and box fans can really get air going around a space. But it’s important to make sure that these crucial cooling components are clean and ready to use! Not only can cobwebs and built-up dust look unsightly, but circulating fans can spread this dust and dirt around the room, contributing to poor air quality. Use a clean microfiber cloth or duster to wipe off excess dust and debris; if necessary, you can then use a rag and a little bit of warm, soapy water to get rid of deeply set grime.
Add houseplants to help purify the air
For a natural — and aesthetically pleasing — air treatment option, consider investing in beautiful, unique house plants. Green plants don’t only add the perfect splash of color and decor to your home, they’re easy to clean and can help purify the air in a big way. In fact, certain types of houseplants can essentially remove 90 percent of the toxins from your indoor air, in less than 24 hours. Need some inspiration? The snake plant, or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is a succulent that releases oxygen at night, making it a great night time companion for better breathing. A resilient spider plant is also a perfect plant for newbies, as it is non-toxic to animals and a great foil against harmful pollutants like carbon monoxide and xylene.
Create natural breezes throughout your home
Those hot summer days and humid nights can be quite uncomfortable, and running the AC non-stop can dramatically increase your utility bills. Creating a natural airflow throughout your home can make things easier on your wallet, and create the cool, calming space you deserve. On warmer days, create a natural air vent by opening windows on both sides of the house, which creates a more powerful cross-breeze. To help direct comfortable air throughout your home, you can also close doors to rooms you don’t need to keep cool.
Sweeping Dimensions Can Help You Clear the Air!
In need of some extra help to keep your air clean and your home feeling fresh? Sweeping Dimensions is here to help!
Here at SDCS, our mission is 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 perfect for helping you truly renew your most important spaces.
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? Get in touch today for your free cleaning estimate!