It’s one of life’s cruel ironies: Just as winter weather chases us inside, the indoor air quality in our homes begins to plummet.
And so begins a vicious cycle: we build our homes to keep out drafts, which keeps us warm but keeps allergens and pollutants in and prevents fresh air from circulating.
Eventually, we start to feel the effects of diminished air quality, including dry air, headaches, eye and throat irritation and – for some people – winter asthma and allergic reactions.
In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the things you can do – including changing HVAC filters – to boost the air quality in your home this winter.
1. Keep things clean
Sweep your floors using a vacuum cleaner outfitted with a HEPA filter, which reduces levels of lead in your home while also clearing the air of pollen, pet dander and dust mites.
Place a floor mat next to each entrance to your home to cut down on the amount of dirt and other pollutants that get tracked in.
2. Changing HVAC filters
Changing HVAC filters is something that should happen pretty regularly – typically every 30-60 days – but especially if you’re noticing a decline in indoor air quality. Talk to your local heating and cooling professional about switching to an upgraded filter.
3. Inspect your ductwork
It’s easy for dirt and debris to collect inside your ductwork, so make sure you’re having your ducts inspected regularly.
4. Purify your air
Another way to keep your indoor air healthy is through a whole house air purifier such as the Air Scrubber Plus. Designed with “ActivePure” technology, this devices reduces up to 99.9 percent of the harmful contaminants in your home.
It also helps reduce odors by mopping up the particles that allow smells to persist, helping you avoid needing to spray toxic chemicals.
And as the Air Scrubber Plus cleans, it also purifies, actively treating the air by continually sending out ActivePure scrubbers to greatly reduce the chemicals, mold, and dangerous contaminants in the air.
5. Increase the humidity
It’s not just pollutants and allergens that can make your indoor climate unpleasant during winter. This time of year also brings with it extremely dry air, which can make things particularly uncomfortable. Consider investing in a humidifier, which can prevent dry throats and chapped lips.
6. Get VOCs under control
VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, which are typically residue from paints, cleaners and other household chemicals and one of the chief contributors to indoor air pollution.
You can reduce VOCs in the home by making sure there’s appropriate ventilation anytime there’s painting or renovations happening in your home.
7. Make sure your home is smoke free
Smoking isn’t healthy to begin with, but secondhand smoke can linger in your home long after your cigarette hits the ashtray.
You should also make sure there’s no smoke coming from your fireplace or heating system, as these can give off carbon monoxide and other contaminants. Have your chimney and HVAC system inspected each fall before firing them up.
Are you worried about your home’s indoor air quality? Contact All Seasons Comfort Control. Whether it’s changing HVAC filters, inspecting your system or recommending humidifiers and air purifiers, our team has the expertise you need to help you breathe comfortably all winter.