The leaves are changing and the air has become chilled. The fall is a time for preparation. The colder air causes us to dress warmer and seal up our homes. When we close the windows we also seal out the fresh air and seal in potential dust and mold. It is important to think about our air quality during these cold months. For most of us this means that we will be breathing the same air for the next few months. Prepare your home be taking care of these trouble spot.
Heating ducts: Over time heating ducts can accumulate dust. In the warmer months if these ducts are used for cooling, moisture can condense. A mixture of dust and moisture can create a condition that is conducive for mold growth. Having your ducts evaluated by a qualified duct cleaning company can help to reduce the potential of exposure to allergens and mold.
HVAC Filters: Change your filters regularly. Follow the manufactures recommendation for changing frequency. Filters can come in many different style and quality levels. Filters remove dust and allergens from the air and help to prevent the build up of these material on the inside of the heating ducts. If filters are not changed on a regular basis then can become clogged with material and greatly reduce the efficiency of these heating and cooling systems.
Refrigerators: Pull out your refrigerator and vacuum off the coil. It is recommended that a vacuum with a HEPA filter be used to gently remove built up dust on coils and vents for appliances that move air. If the refrigerator is a frost-free type it is important to drain and clean the tray that is located under the refrigerator. If it is a plastic try add a couple tablespoons of salt. This will create a solution that is less likely to grow mold. If the tray is metal then use a mild cleaning solution.
Radiators and baseboard: Vacuum dust from radiators and baseboard heaters. Use a crevice attachment to get the dust from the difficult to reach places. Removing the covers from the baseboard will expose the fins where dust tends to get trapped. For stubborn dust that will not become free with straight vacuuming, use a can of compress air or a mild cleaning solution in a spray bottle. Be sure that place a towel under the fins to catch any dust that may be drip or become dislodged. Take care not to damage the fins.
Televisions/Computer Monitors: Wipe down television/computer monitors with an anti-static towelette. These can be found at most electronic stores. The static electricity generated by electronic turn them into dust magnets.
Bathroom vents: Many of our bathrooms have vents that help to remove moisture generated during showers and baths. Bathroom vents need to be routed to the exterior. They should not be venting into the attic. Bathroom vents that terminate in attic will deposit warm moist air that can condense on roof sheathing and attic insulation. It is common to find mold growth where these areas of condensation are created. Be sure to continue to run the bathroom vent for 15-20 minutes after the completion of your shower.
Gutters: Having gutter cleared of debris is an ongoing challenge during the fall. It is important that gutter drain properly to reduce the potential of water entering into the home. Downspouts that do not direct water away from the home can allow water to find its way into basements where moist conditions can become a mold problem.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I love the crisp air and the vibrant colors that surround us. It is important that we take our Fall cleaning as important as Spring cleaning.
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