Unless your job requires it – or you just really don’t mind the cold—we’re willing to bet you won’t be spending a lot of time outdoors over the next few months.
And while the idea of holding up at home to wait out the winter seems appealing, it’s important to make sure you have a healthy indoor climate. In this blog post, we’ll discuss ways to improve your indoor air quality and how products like the Air Scrubber Plus can give you the gift of clean air in 2020.
Why does your indoor air quality drop in winter?
Your home is designed to keep heat inside during the winter and it’s only natural that you’d seek out extra protection by sealing off cracks in the insulation to prevent drafts.
However, this also keeps fresh air out of your home and increases levels of pollutants, which can come from a variety of sources:
- Fuel-burning – Any appliances that run on oil, gas, wood, coal or kerosene can become sources of air pollution when they aren’t well-maintained.
- Household cleaning products – Air fresheners, for example, are a regular source of pollutants.
- Home improvements and hobbies – Sanding, painting, varnishing and any activity that can release fumes into your home is a source of air pollution.
- Outdoor sources – Sometimes outdoor pollutants like lead, pollen and pesticides can make their way inside, tracked in by people or pets. And speaking of pets…
- Pet dander – Dander and other particles from your furry or feathered family members are a major trigger for allergy sufferers.
- Mold and mildew – With windows sealed up for the winter, steam in your bathroom and kitchen can build up, increasing moisture and the possibility of mold/mildew growth.
5 ways to improve your indoor air quality
You can improve the wintertime indoor air quality in your home by:
1. Cleaning up
Vacuum your floors with a HEPA filter-equipped cleaner to cut down on levels of lead, pollen, dander and dust mites in your home.
And keeping a floor mat near your entrances can prevent dirt, dust and other pollutants from making their way indoors.
2. Inspecting your ductwork, changing your filters
Although it’s a good idea to change your HVAC filters every month or two, it’s especially important to do this if you’re seeing a drop in the quality of your indoor air. You may also want to talk to your HVAC provider about upgrading your filters.
And while you’re talking to them, schedule an inspection on your ducts to prevent dirt and debris from collecting inside.
3. Reduce VOCs
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a chief source of indoor air pollution, typically the result of using paint, cleaners and other chemicals indoors. You can reduce VOCs by making sure your home is properly ventilated when you use these products or have your home painted or other renovation done.
4. Humidify your home
Although we said earlier that too much humidity can lead to mold or mildew, you need some humidity in your home to make wintertime comfortable. Installing a humidifier can prevent dry throats and chapped lips and make staying indoors a more bearable prospect.
5. Scrub your air
Finally, you can make your indoor air healthier by investing in a whole house air purifier like the Air Scrubber Plus. Designed with “ActivePure” technology, this device eliminates up to 99.9 percent of the contaminants in your home, while reducing odors as well.
The Air Scrubber Plus will also purify the air as it cleans, treating the air by continually sending out ActivePure scrubbers to significantly lower the number of chemicals, mold, and contaminants in the air.
This winter, give yourself the gift of better air quality by calling in an expert. The team at All Seasons Comfort Control can inspect your HVAC filters and ductwork and recommend products to improve your air quality like the Air Scrubber Plus. Contact us today to learn how we can make your home more comfortable this winter.