We’re all pretty used to the concept of spring cleaning. But, by no means is the springtime the only time of year when your home should go through a thorough cleaning session. As we all know, it will be a lot tougher to circulate fresh air throughout our homes when the weather is cold outside. Not many of us will be willing to keep the windows open. However, keeping a dust-free home throughout the winter is important for promoting top-notch indoor air quality.
Here are six tips that will help you to pull it off:
1. Change your furnace filters. What is the likelihood that you will be turning up the heat in your homes this winter? Very likely, we’re guessing. It’s important to ensure that there is as little dust as possible in your furnace filters. On HowStuffWorks.com, Debra Ronca suggests that you “change your furnace filters a bit more regularly in the winter. The furnace runs more often, so — especially if you have a fireplace — there’s more debris in the air.”
2. Vacuum your dryer vent. Even the most staunch vacuumers forget this little nook and cranny of the home. But as John Riha points out on HouseLogic.com, dryer vents produce heavy lint build-up that can become fire hazards. “Pull out the dryer as far as the vent pipe allows,” he instructs, “Disconnect the vent pipe from the dryer, and clean the outlet hole in the back of the dryer with a shop vac or regular vacuum.”
3. Clean your computer. This is an element of our homes that we use very often but seem to neglect at the same time, isn’t it? Seems weird. But as Ronca suggests, “winter is also a good time to clean your computer, since you have more downtime. Power the computer down and unplug it. Take off the back panel — it’s easy and usually just a couple of small screws. You don’t need to touch anything. Just use some canned compressed air to blow out dust and pet hair from the components.”
4. Turn over furniture and vacuum underneath. Now, how often do we do this? You may vacuum regularly, but it is likely that you’re missing a lot of dust that accumulates underneath all of our furniture. “Tilt upholstered chairs and couches all the way back (much easier with two people) to expose the bottoms,” advises Riha, “The dust covers tacked underneath furniture can catch dreck and dust bunnies, so vacuum them off, being careful not to press too hard on the fabric.”
5. Prevent dirt from entering your home. When you come in from outside, you bring in a lot more of the outdoors than you may think. This is especially true during the slushy and wet wintertime. “Put down waterproof floor mats near every door leading outside to catch melting snow and salt,” insists Ronca, “Pick up some large baking sheets — the kind with a raised edge — and use them for boot and shoe storage. It will keep dirt and snow from spreading and melting in the house.”
6. Vacuum behind the fridge. We don’t usually think about the dust we can’t see. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Our refrigerators and stoves hide a lot of dust. Pull them out and be sure to vacuum up all of the hidden dust that has had a chance to accumulate. Riha notes that this can actually save you money! “Your fridge needs to be cleaned periodically so that it operates at peak efficiency,” he writes, “Ignore this chore and face another $5 to $10 per month in utility costs.”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we strongly believe in improving the indoor air quality of all Canadian homes. And this entails keeping homes as dust-free as possible. There are, however, some other aspects of your home that require attention. That’s where our Air Quality Services help to improve the air you breathe in your home. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.