Spring is finally here! Spring cleaning might be on your mind, but did you know that all of that scrubbing could have a negative impact on your custom home’s indoor air quality? With the increased use of disinfectants and cleaners over the last year, it is critical to be aware of which products are being used inside of our homes. Harsh chemicals and cleaners can influence our indoor air quality, introducing different types of chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), directly up into the air, making your home more toxic. Many of us spend most of our days indoors, and those who face an increased health risk of poor indoor air quality spend even more time inside. Here are a few custom home spring cleaning tips to keep your dream home’s air quality clean.
Use Low or No-VOC Cleaning Products
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like formaldehyde, are located in building and consume products like composite wood, varnishes, paints, flooring, cosmetics, air fresheners, and cleaning products. These VOCs can cause nose, eye, and throat irritation, headaches, and after extended exposure – organ damage, or cancer. Robin Ford builds Indoor airPLUS homes with low-emission materials. So if you’re living in one of these homes, try to use little to no VOC products at all to maximize the benefits of your custom home.
Clean Your Local Exhaust Fans
Local exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room manage excess moisture and contaminants in these naturally high-pollutant zones. To operate at peak performance, the Indoor airPLUS team highly recommends cleaning these fans quarterly. Use a vacuum dusting brush, preferably with some HEPA filtration, to remove the layers of grime and dust. For stickier messes, the Indoor airPLUS crew recommends using a sponge with soap and warm water mixed. This is one great way to clean your entire custom home in one swift move.
Professionally Serviced HVAC Equipment
Encourage your homeowners to have their HVAC equipment serviced consistently and replace their MERV-rated filters. Correctly sized heating and cooling equipment ensure that your custom home can achieve comfortable interior conditions while reducing operational and installation costs. Professional servicing can help you ensure the equipment’s longevity, lower overall energy consumption, and improved air circulation and indoor air quality are all ensured.
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