There are a million things to worry about when preparing to welcome a baby into your home: how can I make sure he or she gets into the best preschools? Is it too early to start a college fund? Will I be a good parent? While you’re running around babyproofing your home, you might not think now is the best time for major home renovations, but you could be wrong.
Air care is one element of your home you can’t afford to forget about when bringing home a newborn. DIYers can change their air filters regularly and consider investing in an air purifier if they live in a high-pollen area, but you may need to call an expert for larger jobs. For example, when was the last time your air ducts were cleaned? If you live in an older house, it’s possible your home has gone years without duct cleaning and disinfection. In this case, you’re simply treating the symptoms of the problem (excess dust) with air filters instead of the problem itself.
By scheduling an HVAC check a few months before your baby is due to arrive, you can make sure your newborn will breathe the best air possible and get a good start on healthy lungs — lungs they will use at 3 in the morning when all you want is to sleep. To learn more about preparing your home for kids, check out the infographic below. By taking a few smart steps, you can rest easy knowing your new baby is breathing well.