When the winter months roll in, more and more people are stuck inside. This means you aren't getting as much fresh air as you normally would. When the air in your home feels as if it is too dry, too stale, or just yucky, it can be hard to breathe. Here are four tips that will help improve indoor air quality so that you can breathe so much easier when you have no choice but to stay inside:
1. Purchase and Use a Humidifier
Winter air is commonly cold and dry because it doesn't have the ability to hold moisture as well. This can cause the inside air to be dry, especially when you throw your heating system into the mix. According to Consumer Reports, indoor humidity levels can dip as low as ten percent during the winter months. The ideal humidity levels inside tend to be between thirty and fifty percent. Luckily, a humidifier can fix all that. A humidifier puts moisture into the air, which can help relieve sore throats, dry skin, itchy eyes, etc. Mayo Clinic even reports that a humidifier can help alleviate dry sinus issues, cracked lips, bloody noses and other symptoms that typically accompany colds.
2. Purchase and Use an Air Purifier/Air Cleaner
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports one of the top five health risks related to the environment is that of indoor air pollution. The EPA says that air cleaners have the capability of eliminating various pollutants that can be found inside the home, including smoke, mold and pollen particles. These air cleaners come in various shapes and sizes. Some can be installed directly in with your HVAC unit's ducting, or you can purchase one that is portable and can sit on the table.
3. Upgrade Your HVAC Filters
If you are running a HVAC unit or a furnace, then the chances are high that it has a filter. These filters need to be changed on a regular basis in order to operate efficiently. This means once every month or three months, depending on the recommended change frequency by the manufacturer. These filters come in various levels of efficiency (MERV ratings). It is recommended to purchase a filter with a MERV rating of at least six.
4. Locate and Remove the Pollution Source
While the aforementioned tips will help improve the air quality inside your home, your best bet is to remove the source of the pollution. This could be anything from mold and carbon monoxide to pet dander and tobacco smoke. So, if anyone in the house smokes, it may be best that they do so outside. Cars should never idle in the garage, and leaks should be fixed immediately to prevent excess moisture and the development of mold.
Just because it's winter and you have to spend more of your time inside the house, it doesn't mean that you have to suffer. Fresh air is integral to your health, so you may want to invest in a humidifier or air purifier. You may also want to consider speaking to a local heating and cool contractor, such as Universal Enterprises Inc., who may be able to help you improve the indoor air quality of your home.
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