Happiness in the home is in some part due to the health of the house. Keeping things clean and safe reduces the risk of mold growth and fire, two sources of much damage. Another aspect of a healthy home is its indoor air quality. The air we breathe is one of the fundamentals of health. However, improving indoor air quality in the winter can be a challenge.
How Winter Worsens Indoor Air Quality
In the winter, the outdoors are frigid while the indoors are warm. People want to keep as much warm, toasty air inside their house to create a comfortable space amid the blasts of icy air outside. Thus, homes gain more insulation. During the winter, we also spend most of our time inside. These two factors often lead to a lack of ventilation, and so a worse indoor air quality.
Without room enough for fresh air to enter the home, common contaminants cannot escape the house so easily. Dust, dirt, pet dander, and chemicals in cleaners can build and cause serious health issues, especially for those with weaker immune systems, sensitivities, or allergies.
Besides creating a lack of ventilation, the winter months can encourage an unhealthy airflow in the house through the Stack Effect. Hot air rises; therefore, when the warm air from your HVAC system rises to the attic and out the unsealed spaces, it sucks in cold, outside air from the bottom, like a basement or crawl space. This effect taxes the heating system and wastes energy.
Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
To reduce wasted energy, adding insulation to the top and bottom of your house can help tremendously. The heating and cooling of your home should be as contained as possible. Yet, good indoor air quality depends on a delicate balance between both insulation and ventilation. Fresh air needs to come through the home. Besides looking into a ventilation system, there are several ways to keep the air clean.
These ways apply no matter what season it is, but in the winter, the following practices are more important than ever. First, change the air filter regularly, at least once every 2 to 3 months, to prevent more distribution of dirt than necessary. Next, clean your house and keep things tidy. Eliminating dust, tracked-in dirt, and garbage will keep their particles from the air. Also, use cleaners without chemical irritants and utilize house plants and an air purifier if need be.
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