Winter weather can impact indoor air quality and when the air quality is poor you and your family may start to feel sick. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that poor indoor air quality in the winter months can aggravate conditions like asthma. It can also increase a person’s risk of developing upper respiratory problems and pneumonia. Those exposed to indoor airborne contaminants for a long period of time can develop cancer and the risk of heart disease. The good news is that you can take steps to improve indoor air quality during the winter months.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Winter
1. Dust and vacuum often. Keeping your home clean helps the air filter(s) work efficiently and improve air quality. You should also use a damp microfiber cloth to dust your home and vacuum on a regular basis to minimize the amount of dust and debris. Make sure you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to get rid of as much dust, debris, and pet dander as possible.
2. Increase ventilation. When the temperatures drop you want to keep the warm air inside. The only problem with that is that is also traps all the air contaminants in your home as well. On days when the weather allows, open a window to allow fresh air to come in and stale air to escape. You can also use kitchen and bathroom fans to pull some of the stale air that is floating around in your home.
3. Consider using a humidifier. Polluted air isn’t the only thing that can make your family sick. There’s the problem of extreme dryness. A fan-powered humidifier will blow moist vapor into your home to increase the moisture content and reduce static electricity. This makes breathing easier and prevent dry throats and nasal passages. The right amount of humidity can also help control mildew, mold, and dust mites.
4. Change air filters. The filter system in your home defends against indoor air pollutants. If you want it to do its job correctly, you have to maintain it – more so in the winter when your heating system is working overtime. Dirty air filters contribute to poor indoor air quality. Check your filter monthly and change it when it looks dirty.
5. Schedule air duct cleaning. When the air in your home is polluted it can contain dust, pet dander, mold spores, and more. This air gets pulled into your HVAC system and then recirculated 5 to 7 times a day. The re-circulation process can lead to a build-up of these contaminants in the ductwork. Every time you turn your heat on, these contaminants are forced into your living space where you breathe it in. Scheduling air duct cleaning can combat the buildup of these contaminants. This will decrease allergy symptoms and the potential for asthma.
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The winter months can be cold and cause health problems in your home. Air duct cleaning will improve the indoor air quality and health of your home. Air Pure Air Duct Cleaning offers air duct cleaning. We have trained experts that use specialized equipment and tools to keep your home healthy this winter. Call us to schedule service today!