With spring at full pace and summer rapidly approaching, one of the big items on your home maintenance to-do list is likely getting your heating and cooling systems in proper condition for the season. For heat pump maintenance and furnace services, having them cleaned out before they’re shut down for the next six months or so. For air conditioning units, this means getting them installed and ready to go before the summer swelter hits.

One of the things most people don’t put a lot of thought into — even though they should — is the air quality inside their homes. Since it’s where you probably spend a majority of your time, it’s important to ensure the air quality you breathe every day is up to snuff, as it can have a big impact on your body and overall health.

Here are three ways you can improve the air quality in your home this summer in order to provide a cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable environment throughout the hot summer months.

Professional HVAC System Cleaning:

Depending on the specific system you’re using, the filters on your home HVAC system likely need to be changed either once a month or once every three months, according to EnergyStar.gov. In fact, they suggest that homeowners have their HVAC systems cleaned at least twice a year by a professional, once in the fall (right before winter) and once in the spring (before summer starts). This will help to ensure that the air being blown throughout your house doesn’t contain ample amounts of dust, dirt, and other foreign substances that can affect the integrity of the air quality and can ultimately damage a person’s health.

Invest in New Air Conditioning Unit:

If your systems are particularly old, or in bad condition for one reason or another, it might be time to invest in a new air conditioning unit altogether. Not only will a new system naturally guarantee clean air quality circulating throughout your home, but it can save you money too. In fact, switching to high-efficiency air conditioners, in addition to taking other actions to keep your home cool, can reduce energy use for air conditioning by 20 to 50%.

Open Some Windows:

If you’ve already taken the proper maintenance measures to your HVAC and air conditioning units, the next best thing you can do to improve the air quality in your home is to simply open up the windows from time to time. This allows fresh air to come through and prevents old, stale, dirty air from harboring and constantly re-circulating your home.

With summer on the horizon it’s important to keep these tips in mind in order to help you enjoy a more relaxing, healthy, and cleaner time in your home.