Maintaining Great Indoor Air Quality During Winter
Indoor air quality is a serious concern that the EPA indicates among its top health risks. Concerns over air quality in the home are even more emphasized in the winter. This is because modern construction is designed to keep heat in during winter and out during summer. The negative side effect of this is that pollutants in the home become more concentrated and thus more dangerous.
Cleaning — in particular, dust management — is the most important step you can take toward improved air quality. Be mindful that dust is often formed of ammoniums, nitrates, sulfates, and so forth, and it will continue to emit these gases into your home as long as the dust is present.
Sutton Brothers often recommends humidification to our customers in Kernersville and throughout the Piedmont Triad. Humidification is beneficial in that it allows for lower comfortable temperatures, which decrease the workload and staves off those heating repair services we offer. Humidification in winter also has a positive effect on your health, which includes:
- Less dry skin
- Easier breathing
- Fewer airborne viruses
- Reduced allergy symptoms
Sutton Brothers also recommends ensuring adequate ventilation. If you haven’t had the ventilation in your home professionally assessed, then you should consider scheduling that. North Carolina often has warm days during winter, which lets you open the windows to get some fresh air in the home.
Check the intake registers for your HVAC system on a regular basis. Replace filters as soon as they show visible dust. If you use air purifiers or similar devices, check those filters and replace as necessary as well. Avoid chemical deodorizers. Gravitate toward natural deodorizers, such as houseplants, baking soda, essential oils and so forth.
At Sutton Brothers, we’d love to ensure that you remain comfortable all winter without compromising your family’s health. We offer many services related to heating, cooling, and plumbing, including maintenance plans. Call us today to learn more about how we can serve you.