Many people are trying to become more health-conscious these days. They are thinking about what they eat, moving more, ‘going green’ and so on. If you’re among those thinking about the quality of your health, don’t forget about the quality of the air you are breathing in on a daily basis.
Air quality in a home is important to consider, especially with winter right around the corner. As colder temperatures begin to arrive, people close up their homes as much as possible and turn on the heat to combat the weather. Doing both reduces the amount of moisture in your home’s environment, and this makes it difficult to keep the indoor air quality of a home fresh and clean during this time.
Poor air quality can cause illness; improving the air quality in a home will allow you and your family to experience fewer health concerns all year long. For people who are sensitive to dust or suffer from allergies, the air quality in your home is even more important. The cleaner the air is, the better it is for your health.
Here are some reasons why a home could have poor indoor air quality:
- Low-quality air filters
- A home without a humidifier can lead to very dry air during the heating season
- Old ductwork that hasn’t been cleaned
- The location of the home – if you live outside the city, you could experience higher levels of pollen and other allergens
- The way ducts are run in a home can influence how the air is distributed. This can lead to uneven temperatures between floors, especially in two-story homes.
- Damp basements or crawl spaces can lead to mold and mildew spores in the air
- Combustion from wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, water heaters, and dryers
- Pet dander, fur and feathers can cause issues with allergies and asthma
- Outdoor sources that can find their way inside include dust, radon, molds, pesticides, lead and building chemicals
What can people do to improve air quality in the winter months?
- Consider having optional filtering equipment installed on your existing HVAC system
- Humidifiers add moisture to dry air, making it better for breathing and for your skin
- Ultra-violet lights kill bacteria and mold spores
- Add plants throughout your home
- Clean, dust and vacuum around the home on a regular basis
Perhaps the best thing you can do for your home is to invest in an air purifier that removes allergens, dust, pollen and mold from the air. An air purifier also protects your HVAC system’s indoor coil, improving its efficiency, keeping the blower clean for peak performance, and helping to extend the life of your HVAC system.
Poor indoor air quality is not only a concern for your family’s health, but also the health of your home. Low humidity levels can cause issues for any wood surfaces, since wood needs moisture to retain its form. Poor air quality can ruin hardwood flooring, furniture or musical instruments, and it can even cause paint or wallpaper to peel.