Tips for Maintaining Your Winter Indoor Air Quality
At Maxonaire HVAC Pros, we know that maintaining a comfortable home is more than a matter of temperature alone. Especially in the winter months, the air supply in your house can become dry and polluted with irritants like dust, dander and volatile organic compounds. In order to have a comfortable, healthy winter season, it is important to take steps to improve your indoor air quality.
A common problem for heating systems is that modern homes are tightly sealed. In newer homes, this is a product of better building materials and techniques that improve energy efficiency. Homes that are less drafty cost less to heat. However, if there is not a sufficient exchange of stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air, your air quality will suffer. A simple solution is opening some windows during the warmest part of the day. If you can, do this in rooms that are further from a zone thermostat to minimize the effect on your heating system. Even a little extra fresh air can make a difference.
It is especially important to run exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens where cleaning products and cooking introduce VOCs into your air. This practice will move these chemicals outside before they can get further into your home. Since the vents are pushing air outside, fresh air will naturally make its way inside.
The best way to handle irritants is to remove them before they become a problem. You will need to be diligent about vacuuming and dusting around your home. Another helpful practice is having people remove their shoes before they enter.
If you have people in your family with allergies or asthma, you will want to consider more professional air quality solutions. There are single-room air filters and purifiers that can help maintain the air quality of a smaller space. You can also find whole-house solutions that are connected to the ductwork along with your climate-control system.
In the San Jacinto area, Maxonaire HVAC Pros is the company dedicated to the complete comfort of your home and family. We can assist you with the installation, maintenance, and repair of your heating, cooling and indoor air quality systems. Get in touch with us today and let us help you breathe easy this winter.