With summer fun winding down, we can now look forward to crisp and cozy fall weather. The leaves are changing and the temperatures are lowering - it’s no wonder this is many people’s favorite time of year. Of course, with lower temperatures, it means it’s time to start turning on your home’s heating system. But wait - before you do, you should clean out any summer debris first.
It may come as a surprise, but summer tends to leave behind a little waste in your HVAC system. Remember all that barbecuing, gardening, and those pesky high pollen counts? All of that leaves remnants behind which can affect the clean air in your home. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure the best air quality in your home. We’ll take a look at some of them below.
Purchase New Air Filters
Each season produces its own pollutants. Where do these pollutants end up? The air filters in your home! Your air filters should be replaced every 1-2 months, but many homeowners forget to do this.
It’s especially important to install new air filters at the beginning of a season change to get rid of the dirt and debris collected and allow for the collection of the new season’s dirt and debris.
Replacing your filter is easy and inexpensive and can give you peace of mind that the air quality inside your home is at its best. Clean and properly filtered air is especially important for those in your home with breathing problems like Asthma, children, and the elderly.
Clean with Non-Toxic Chemicals
The chemicals you clean and dust with can take a harsh toll on the air quality within your home. When cleaning your home this fall, consider switching to non-toxic chemical cleaners. This is better for you and your family’s health. If you’re looking for an effective natural way to clean, try this simple recipe:
- Measure out 1 cup of water into a spray bottle.
- Add ¼ cup of vinegar to your bottle.
- Add 2 tsp of olive oil to your mixture.
- Top off your solution with 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil.
- Shake well and use it as a natural dust cleaner throughout your home.
Check for Gas Leaks
As a homeowner, one of the most important things you can do is check for gas leaks. Natural gas is used to fuel several things in your homes, such as your heating system, water tanks, and gas stoves.
When there’s a leak, however, it presents a serious danger to you and your family. If you hear something that sounds like escaping air or smell a “rotten egg” smell in your home, make sure you have an expert check it out right away.
Not only is breathing in natural gas harmful, but it can also cause a potential fire hazard in your home. Curious as to how you can prep your home for fall? Give Chris Wilson Plumbing & Heating Repairs Inc a call at (831) 393-9321. We’ll make sure your home is prepared to take on the fall weather and keep your air clean.