After being trapped inside all winter, come spring, Minnesotans are anxious to open those windows and doors, and let that fresh air into their homes. Soon to follow is usually a thorough deep cleaning, also known as spring cleaning. However by cleaning the surfaces in your home, you’re not cleaning the most important part of giving you a truly clean home: the air.
Getting clean fresh air requires more than just a vacuum and dust rag. While dust coats the surfaces in your home, the majority of it is left floating around in the air, being recirculated throughout your home and HVAC system. The best way to really clean your home this spring is by having an air filtration system.
Most HVAC systems come equipped with a basic air filter, requiring monthly changes. These filters remove large particles, but can leave behind many allergens such as dust and dander floating through your air. There are three alternative tiers to air filtration for those wanting cleaner air than a basic air filter can provide.
Media air filters – The easiest and most affordable upgrade you can make to your air filtration system, is upgrading your air filter to a 4” or 5” media air filter. These come with a higher MERV rating than a standard 1” filter, and are able to trap more dust and smaller particles.
Ultra Violet germicidal light – If someone in your home suffers from allergies, consider adding an ultra violet germicidal light to your furnace duct work. With the high efficiency media air filter capturing your everyday dust, pollen and pet dander, you’ll now capture and kill mold spores, bacteria and viruses with the UV light.
HEPA air cleaner – For those suffering from severe allergies, asthma, or people who have allergic reactions to chemicals, a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) air cleaner may be the solution. It works by forcing air through a fine mesh filter trapping harmful particles such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites and tobacco smoke. These filters can capture the smallest microbes and can remove 99.97% of contaminants from the air, leaving behind pure air that is safe and healthy to breathe.
When it’s time to start your spring cleaning, be sure to think about your indoor air. For more information on improving your air quality, visit our indoor air quality page, and see how we can help!