During the winter months, we often find ourselves stuck inside for long periods of time due to cold weather. But did you know that the air quality in your home can be affected by this? Poor indoor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems, such as increased allergies and asthma flare-ups. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality during the winter months and keep your family healthy and safe.
1. Use a Humidifier
During the winter months, dry air is an all too common problem. Not only can it cause uncomfortable symptoms like itchy, dry skin and nosebleeds, but it may also add to existing respiratory issues. For these reasons and more, using a humidifier can make a huge difference in your indoor air quality during the colder season. While there are various types of humidifiers on the market today, investing in one that can regulate humidity levels accurately is arguably worth it for higher-quality results.
2. Use Natural Cleaning Products
During the winter months, when indoor air quality can often be stagnant, using natural cleaning products is a great way to maintain good air quality in your home. Natural cleaning products are made with much fewer synthetic compounds and chemicals. They can be made from naturally occurring ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, and lemon juice; all of which have antibacterial properties without the need for added toxic substances.
3. Keep the Air Moving
While you may think that keeping your windows closed all day during winter months is the best way to keep out the cold, it can create stale air with many pollutants floating around indoors. To help clear this out and replace stagnant air with fresh air, utilize fans or open windows for just a few minutes each day. It may seem counterintuitive as you won’t want more cold air rushing into your home on chilly days; however, taking advantage of a few nice times during the day (even if just for 10 minutes) can make a world of difference.
4. Control Humidity Levels
High humidity levels in your home can cause mold growth, which is not only unsightly but can also be dangerous to your health. To control humidity levels in your home, invest in a dehumidifier or an exhaust fan that will help draw out moisture-laden air from your kitchen and bathrooms.
5. Bring Houseplants Indoors
Houseplants are an easy way to boost indoor air quality as they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air. They also help filter out pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene which are often found in furniture, carpets, paint, glue, and other materials used in construction or renovation projects.
6. Change Air Filters Regularly
Dirty air filters can reduce the efficiency of your heating system, leading to higher energy bills, as well as circulate polluted air in your home. It is recommended that you check your air filter at least once a month and replace it if it appears dirty or clogged. This will help reduce the amount of dust and other particles that circulate through your home’s ventilation system. Additionally, if you have allergies or asthma, you should consider replacing your filters more often.
7. Clean Regularly
Dust accumulates on walls and furniture quickly during the winter when windows are closed more often than usual. Vacuum carpets and furniture regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter; this will help capture dust particles before they spread into the air. Additionally, damp mop hard surfaces such as tile floors to keep dust from becoming airborne again after vacuuming. Don’t forget to clean surfaces like door handles and light switches too.
8. Consider an air purifier
Air purifiers work by trapping harmful particles like dust, pollen, and pet dander in filters or on plates with electrical charges. This can help to remove these particles from the air and improve your indoor air quality.
9. Eliminate Tobacco Smoke
Not only does cigarette smoke contain hazardous substances that are a proven health danger, but it also affects the air around it. Eliminating tobacco smoke in a space can drastically improve air circulation and reduce allergies and irritations experienced by those with sensitive respiratory systems.
Call the Professionals Today
At Climate Control, located in Portland, Oregon, we install, repair, and maintain heating and cooling systems. We also provide duct cleaning, water heater, and indoor air quality services.
We value reliability and provide exceptional customer service, so you never have to worry about a thing. We also offer 24/7 emergency services should an unexpected issue arise when outdoor temperatures become extreme. Call Climate Control today to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to discuss any indoor air quality issues you are experiencing.