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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in the Winter

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Indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoor air, according to the EPA. Considering that most Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, it’s more important than ever to improve your indoor air quality. In the winter, you’ll probably spend even more time inside than during the warmer seasons. The team at Comfort Solutions HVAC has compiled a few tips to help you maintain lower levels of allergens and contaminants — which is also good for your HVAC system. We also offer comprehensive air quality services to promote respiratory health for your family.

Why Is Indoor Air Worse in Winter?

Here’s why winter weather often corresponds to poor air quality. When you close windows and doors to keep the heat in, you also make it difficult for particulates in the air to escape. Improving air circulation and investing in year-round HVAC maintenance can help you experience cleaner air in your home. That means less mold spores, dust, pollen, and odors floating around your house. Exceptional air quality is better for your heating and cooling system too. Clean, well-maintained equipment typically lasts longer and does a better job of heating your home uniformly. 

Breathe Easier: Enjoy Winter without the Sneezing and Wheezing

Introducing plants and changing your air filters regularly are just two ways you can improve the air quality in your home. Annual maintenance and professional air quality services can also give you peace of mind. If you or a loved one have respiratory conditions such as asthma or allergies, following these steps can improve your health and comfort at home:

  • Keep plants around the house. Plants filter out VOCs and carbon dioxide and produce fresh oxygen. While they aren’t as effective as mechanical solutions, such as air cleaners, beautiful potted plants also have aesthetic value and help you maintain a connection with nature.
  • Test your air. Air quality tests provide an important baseline of contaminants in your home. Our team can provide customized solutions after identifying whether pet dander, mold spores, or chemical compounds are compromising your indoor air.
  • Keep your house clean. Utilizing natural cleaners can eliminate chemicals that make you sick when inhaled. Dusting, vacuuming, and other household cleaning tasks also help reduce contaminants that otherwise circulate throughout your home.
  • Clean the ducts. Our technicians can clean your ducts and dryer vents. Improve the performance of your HVAC system as well as your air quality by taking advantage of this essential service. 
  • Install air cleaners. Professionally installed air purifiers eliminate contaminates that irritate your skin, eyes, and respiratory system. After inspecting your home, we can recommend a whole house system that will keep your air fresher and cleaner all winter long.

Comfort Solutions HVAC can identify the contaminants that are contributing to poor indoor air quality in your home. Contact us today to learn more about our duct cleaning service and air quality products or to schedule an appointment.