Spring Cleaning The Air Inside Your Home
Even the best vacuum cleaners can stir up dirt and dust into the air while you clean your home. High speed carpet brushes and vacuum exhausts can spread pollutants, pollen, dust mites, and other bacteria throughout your home while you clean. These unwanted dirt particles can settle on freshly cleaned surfaces and can even increase symptoms related to allergic reactions.
Reduce the amount of dust inside your home while spring cleaning by utilizing your central air conditioning and heating system. Simply switch your thermostat to the “fan” or “fan on” setting while you clean to filter the air.
Your system’s filter will work as a whole-house air cleaner and can be more effective than smaller freestanding devices because a larger volume of air can pass through it. If maintained and operated properly, your system should catch most visible dust particles before recirculating air back into your home.
Better Filters For Better Air Filtration
The amount of dust reduction you experience will depend on the type and efficiency of the filter your home’s forced air system utilizes.
- Standard filters made from fiberglass threads, cloth, or open cell foam surrounded by a cardboard frame are inexpensive, but are also only effective at removing larger dust particles from the air in your home.
- Reusable filters are more durable and can do a better job removing dust particles from the air, but must be maintained and cleaned regularly in order to be most effective.
- Pleated disposable filters have a large surface are due to their folded construction and can remove up to 40% of air pollutants from your home.
- High efficiency pleated filters are the most effective for air filtration. They use electrostatic charges to remove debris from the air and can capture approximately 30 times more allergens and dust particles than standard filters.
Regardless of the type of filter your home’s system uses, running the fan during spring cleaning will help reduce the amount of dust in the air. Just remember to switch or thermostat back to the “auto” setting once finished.
Contact Horizon Services
With over 20 years of service experience, Horizon Services has helped thousands of homeowners in the Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland areas with their plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs. Our team of professionals consists of some of the most experienced and most qualified technicians. Contact Horizon Services for all of your central air conditioning and heating needs.