Winter brings with it concerns related to allergens and poor indoor air quality. The cold weather forces people to spend most of their time indoors. As people seal their homes for enhanced energy efficiency and minimized heat loss, warm air is trapped in, and cold air is prevented from entering the home. The result is a dry, stuffy indoor environment with trapped pollutants. If you’re looking to improve your indoor air quality this winter, a few tips can come in handy.
Keep Your Home Clean
A clean home is critical to better indoor air quality. Regular vacuuming, dusting and surface cleaning can significantly reduce the accumulation of pet dander, pollen and dust mites. When vacuuming or dusting your carpet, use a filter. This ensures the dust is actually collected rather than being spread around. Moreover, if you choose to use harsh chemicals, be sure to do so in a well-ventilated area. A good rule of thumb is to choose cleaning supplies that are environmentally friendly.
Watch The Humidity Levels
High humidity creates a conducive environment for the proliferation of house dust mites and growth of mold. On the other hand, overly dry air causes respiratory irritation. Consider installing a dehumidifier and or humidifier to keep humidity levels in check. Recommended humidity levels range between 30 and 50 percent. It’s also advisable to fix leaks immediately to prevent the growth of mold and keep your exhaust fan running when cooking.t
Introduce Indoor Plants
Plants are a healthy addition to your indoor air environment. They naturally take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Some plant species absorb pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, xylene and toluene. Furthermore, the peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is one of the most effective plants at absorbing pollutants. Other good plants include Aloe vera, spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) and ferns (Pteridophyta).
Check Your HVAC System
Worn out or dirty heating filters can be a haven for pollen, hair, dust and other allergens. Spare some time to change or clean your air filters, air vents, and schedule a HVAC tune-up before winter sets in. If you haven’t scheduled one already, then it is not too late. Be sure to schedule one as soon as possible. A professional HVAC maintenance company will help you clean areas that are hard to reach.
Air Out Your Home
When the weather permits, to crack open your windows at least once a week. It is one of the most effective ways to let fresh air in and get the old air out. Opening windows can help to prevent the buildup of toxic chemicals in your home. However, be careful that you’re not making matters worse, especially if you live in a heavy industrial or chemical area.
Don’t Allow Smoke Indoors
Second-hand cigarette smoke is probably one of the most crucial aspects of indoor air pollution. Research has established that secondhand cigarette smoke ca increase a child’s risk of developing asthma, ear and respiratory infections and cancer among other critical conditions. Additionally, smoking is dangerous and if you are currently smoking, consider stopping. Don’t smoke and don’t allow others to smoke around you, especially not in an indoor environment.
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One of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality is by maintaining or repairing your heating system when necessary. Your heater has a direct influence on the quality of air that you breathe. Be sure to contact a reputable heating company to service your system. This will, not only improve the quality of air, but it will cut down on your home heating costs.
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