The air you breathe significantly impacts your health, energy levels, and comfort. Our real estate agents know the value of a breath of fresh air, and we strongly recommend improving indoor air quality within your home. It's not as difficult as you think to take the following steps and the benefits are well worth the rewards you'll receive!
- Change the Air Filters
Changing the air filters on your HVAC system every one to two months can dramatically reduce the amount of indoor air pollution in your home. Plus, it will improve your HVAC system's performance, lowering your utility bills and improving your comfort.
- Install Air Purifiers
Air purifiers are connected directly to your ductwork. They work by using negatively charged ions to attract positively charged particulates. As the two come into contact, they are attracted to one another, making them heavier than the air and causing them to fall into the purifier and out of the airstream.
- Light it up!
Installing UV light systems within your ducts helps sanitize the air within Albany homes for sale. As bacteria, mold, viruses, etc., pass beneath the UV light, the system neutralizes biological hazards and renders them incapable of causing an infection.
- Vacuum and Dust
Staying on top of household cleaning will go a long way toward removing particulate matter from the air. Regular vacuuming and dusting mean less debris to blow around.
- Clear Out the Chemicals
Instead of using chemical-based cleaning agents, opt for natural solutions. Baking soda, vinegar, hot water, and a little elbow grease are non-toxic and won't leave your home filled with chlorine and other chemical agents.
- Seal Your Home
Ensure you use weatherstripping, caulk, and other sealants to seal cracks around windows, doors, fireplaces, etc. This will help keep pollen and other pollutants from seeping into the home.
- Refresh the Air
It's summer, so now is the time to open up the windows and doors and refresh the air in your home. Allowing a gentle breeze to blow through regularly will significantly improve indoor air quality.
- Clean the Ducts
Ducts should be professionally vacuumed every two to three years. However, if you have breathing conditions such as asthma or COPD or have pets and children in the home, you may want to schedule an appointment once every year to achieve optimal results.
- Install Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers help keep the humidity within your home within optimal ranges. This is crucial for restraining mold/mildew growth.
- Clean/Change the Oven Filter
You should stay on top of this task for many reasons, including the potential fire hazard a dirty filter creates. Cleaning the filter and ensuring the fan functions properly will help ensure smoke and other cooking fumes don't waft throughout the home.
- Clear Out Clutter
Clutter is a magnet for dust, and the less clutter you have in closets, basements, living rooms, etc., the fewer places where dust can settle.
Is it time to find a new home where you can sit back, relax, and catch your breath? Contact us to learn more about our current listings and to speak with our team about the many ways you can enjoy fresh, clean air within your Upstate New York home!