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Improve Indoor Air Quality in Winter Months

Posted on February 03, 2014
by Susana Escamilla

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Sometimes your home may feel stuffy or like not enough ventilation is circulating in your home during winter time. Improving the indoor air quality in winter months is important so that dust, pet hair, mildew and bacteria do not stay in your environment, causing allergic reactions or even asthma attacks. Keeping your HVAC system working properly during winter will help keep the air in every room clean.

Routine maintenance to your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is critical to keeping the indoor air quality of your home safe and systems operating at peak efficiency. Changing or cleaning your filters regularly will minimize the introduction of dust and other contaminants into your home. Here are some tips for having better indoor air quality in winter months provided by cleanhomeideas.com:

  • Keep the thermostat set at 68 degrees F during the day, and lower it to 65 degrees at night. Not only will you save heating dollars, the lower temperatures are better for sleeping.
  • Good insulation and efficient windows are excellent for saving money and energy, but sometimes a detriment to healthy indoor air. On milder winter days, briefly open a few windows to freshen the air and eliminate built-up toxins from carpets, dust and poor air circulation.
  • If your furnace doesn’t have a built-in humidifier, you can still create the effect of one with simple steps. Keep a cool mist humidifier in the bedrooms, especially in the rooms of young children prone to colds and ear infections.

During the winter months, the above tips can help improve the indoor air quality in winter in your home. In addition, an HVAC professional can perform a routine maintenance checkup to ensure all components of your HVAC system are operating properly and give you a recommendation of ways to improve the air quality in your home and how to maintain it depending on your environment. AirTek technicians are certified by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association and have over 25 years of experience in making homes safer, cleaner and better for your breathing. If you own a business and your buiilding also needs a HVAC check up Air-tek also provides Air Duct cleaning and Indoor Air Quality services.

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