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Why Winter Decreases the Quality of Air in your Home


Having your home with the best air quality possible is important. This also helps your family to be healthy. Homes are built to be energy efficient by holding heat in during the winter and keeping heat out during the summer. Winter weather prompts homeowners to tightly seal any cracks in insulation that could allow cold drafts into the home. This also seals off the home from any fresh air and raises the concentrations of both allergens and pollutants in the home.

Pollutants in the home come from a variety of sources. The first step in making sure that your family has the cleanest possible air is knowing where the pollutants come from. Combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood. Any household appliances that use any of these fuels can lead to indoor air pollution. It is important to make sure that these appliances are well-maintained and properly adjusted so that they don’t release dangerous levels of pollution into the home.

The air might also be low quality because of animals. Pet dander and other particles from pets with fur or feathers are a major aggravation of allergies and asthma to sensitive individuals. As people stay indoors more, so do pets that go outside during less inclement weather. If you have pets, you will have to change the filter more often. Make sure to check it on a regular basis, and replace the filter when you need to. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us.

Immediate effects of poor indoor air quality can show up after just a single exposure and include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and itchy eyes, nose, and throat. Asthma and chemical sensitivities can also be aggravated by exposure to indoor pollution. Chronic sensitivity may also build up after repeated exposures.

Improving indoor air quality through source control involves removing the sources of pollution. Gas emissions, like those from a poorly maintained stove, for instance, can be adjusted in order to lower their emissions; asbestos can be sealed or enclosed. Often, source control is a more cost-conscious way to remedy poor air quality than ventilation because increased ventilation can significantly increase energy costs. Make sure to contact us if you have any questions about your air quality or HVAC system.

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