How to Maintain Good Air Quality During the Winter

During the winter months, we all have a tendency to stay home more, embracing the colder season by staying cozy. Typically, we run our heat a lot, keeping our windows and doors tightly shut. But doing so can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Not to mention, there are fewer opportunities for us to bring outdoor air in to help purify your environment. 

Did you know that our homes feature a host of volatile organic compounds that can contribute to indoor air pollution? These range from pet dander to mold, dust, and mildew. Even our cleaning supplies and personal care products can release particles into the air. 

As a result of poor indoor air quality, you or someone in your household may experience a range of potential problems including fatigue, headaches, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, itchy, watery eyes, asthma, and allergies. 

Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

  1. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to suffer from a lack of fresh air. There are certain things that you can do to improve your environment. 
  2. Having your ductwork inspected and cleaned can prevent a build-up of dust and debris from entering into your airflow. 
  3. Consider installing an air purification system, which can filter even more particles than your air filter can.
  4. Take a look at your home’s humidity levels and make sure they are staying between 30 to 50 percent all year long. Winter brings about drier air but you have to be careful to not impart too much moisture as it can cause mold and mildew.
  5. Open your windows and let the fresh air in, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. This will help big time in diffusing stuffy air. 
  6. Use natural cleaning products as chemicals from these and your personal care products can linger long after you’ve sprayed them. Healthier options keep the air cleaner.
  7. Decorate with houseplants, which naturally purify the air around them. Not to mention, they add a cozy component to your home. 
  8. Clean regularly and pay attention to areas that naturally collect a lot of dust and particles. Carpets are particularly bad so be sure to vacuum regularly, especially if you have pets. A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter or vacuum could make a big difference. 

Don’t suffer from stuffy, stagnant air this season. Call us today to discuss all of your indoor air quality needs.