Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Winter

There’s no beating fresh air, but during the chilly winter months you’re probably not going to be throwing open your windows to let in the breeze. While we all like being cozy and warm in our insulated, airtight homes, the recirculated air can become stuffy and dry. It can also have potentially negative health effects if no steps are taken to reduce air contaminants and improve air quality.

So how can you keep the air inside your home high quality and healthy? Follow these tips for fresher air without losing heat.

Clean Up

Vacuuming regularly is one of the best ways to improve air quality inside a home. Carpets can trap all kinds of airborne pollutants. Mopping hardwood floors and dusting fans and surfaces will also reduce indoor air pollution.

Check Air Ducts and Filters

If they are not cleaned properly or regularly, air ducts and filters can trap dust, pollen, and other allergens. This is especially true in the winter when homeowners are running their heat regularly. It is important to regularly change air filters, and you can even speak to your HCAV professional about upgrading your filters.

Buy Some Plants

Indoor houseplants won’t solve all of your air quality issues, but studies have shown that they can help reduce pollution.

Reduce Humidity

Adding humidity to your home during the winter can raise air quality by reducing dryness, but too much humidity can have a negative effect. An excess of moisture in the air increases the risk of mildew, mold, and bacteria. Keep humidity at a balanced level; the EPA recommends between 30 and 60 percent.

Ventilate and Circulate

It’s a good idea to crack a few windows once a week in order to let fresh air circulate throughout your home. If it’s just plain freezing, turning on fans (as long as you clean off any dust first) is a suitable alternative for keeping the air in your home circulating.

HVAC Specialists in Murfreesboro

If you have concerns over the quality of the air in your home this winter, schedule and inspection with Hatton’s HVAC. Our professionals are here to help you enjoy your home in comfort all year round.