When the temperature drops, you spend more time indoors. Make sure you’re breathing easier by taking a few steps to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and keep your family healthy through the seasons.
It might be a while before you’re able to keep windows open so keep the air inside cleaner by not using pollutants such as chemical cleaners, pesticides and air fresheners. If you have to paint during the winter, use paints that are non-toxic.
One of the best ways to improve IAQ is by improving the ventilation in your home. Without the ability to open windows, it’s a good idea to install attic fans that help circulate fresh air and use bathroom and kitchen fans as necessary. Another solution is to have an air-to-air heat exchanger, which helps draw fresh, outdoor air inside without compromising energy efficiency.
Indoor air becomes drier in the wintertime so it’s important to maintain balanced humidity. Optimal humidity for comfort and health is between 30-60 percent. This level of humidity helps prevent mold and mildew but keep a watch on areas where moisture collects such as bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces. If you use a humidifier, clean them daily to prevent mold and bacteria buildup.
Air cleaners and filters can improve IAQ when used in the proper application. A whole-house system is more effective than smaller, portable units are because a whole-house system removes a wider range of pollutant particles. The continued effectiveness of any type of air cleaner requires regular maintenance to keep it running efficiently.
The steps you take now to improve IAQ carry you through all the seasons, not just the winter. As the weather warms up again you’ll be able to open windows and spend more time outside, but for now it’s important to keep the air in your home as healthy as possible. By maintaining the proper humidity and reducing indoor pollutants, you’re less likely to suffer from winter allergies, congestion, and dry skin.
Find more ways to improve and maintain healthy indoor air quality year-round by contacting Merrell and Associates today at 770-872-4171.