Breathe Easier: Why Fall Cleaning is the New Spring Cleaning
As we move indoors, home air quality is more important than ever. Here’s what you can do to keep your family healthy and happy.
As the weather starts to cool, our family time increasingly is spent indoors. But as we close our homes to the outside, it is even more important to make sure we are staying healthy—especially as cold and flu season looms on the horizon. We always talk about “spring cleaning,” but fall is an even more crucial time to make sure our home is clean, safe, and comfortable as we prepare to spend more time inside.
A recent EPA guide on air quality found that the air inside your home can be more seriously polluted than outside air, and that the cumulative exposure to these pollutants can pose serious health risks to you and your family. Poor air quality affects everyone, especially the very young and those who have pre-existing health problems like allergies and asthma. Dust can cause allergies to flare up, airborne germs make those sick days pile up, and dry stale winter air can cause everything from skin rash to sinus headaches.
We talked to Adam Mechanical for some advice for best practices on how to prepare your home for the colder season ahead.
Adam Mechanical recommends the Air Scrubber, a whole-house air purification system attached to your HVAC system. It works by using specialized light waves and a catalytic process that creates oxygen and hydrogen molecules to purify and deodorize your air, removing allergens like pollen, mold, dust, pet dander, and other pollutants.
Air Scrubber is proven to destroy up to 99% of all surface contaminants and approximately 90% of airborne contaminants. Anyone in your family that suffers from asthma or allergies will notice a significant decrease in respiratory and nasal issues, and everyone in the house may also notice an improved immune system, better sleep, and an overall healthier feeling.
In addition to cleaning the air, Air Scrubber can also extend the life of your existing heating and air conditioning system by trapping dirt, dust, and other debris before it enters through the filter, damaging the coils and blower that keep your system running effectively.
Fall is also an important time to get an HVAC checkup. Seth Samuel, co-owner of Adam Mechanical, explains, “It is important for home owners to have a heating system tune up at least annually to maintain efficiency and extend the life span of the equipment. No one wants to have their heating equipment fail on the coldest day of winter, so it is best to have the inspection performed before the heating system is used for the season.” Not only does a checkup prevent surprise HVAC breakdowns, it also helps maintain the efficiency of your system, which can cut down on energy bills.
If your “preparing for winter” looks more like choosing cozy pajamas than choosing an HVAC system, you’re not alone. Luckily, Adam Mechanical can provide you with advice and guidance in choosing an indoor air quality system, and can install and service the system for you with its guaranteed intensive 18-point inspection—that way you can get back to those pajamas and breathe easier all year.
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