February 13, 2019
Before you go into hibernation mode, consider this: by closing up our homes to keep the cold out, we are trapping airborne allergens and pollutants inside. This can negatively impact our indoor air quality and our health. How can you maintain healthy indoor air without freezing? Here are some easy steps to improve your indoor air quality during the winter season.
Set a chore chart.
Regularly dusting and vacuuming helps reduce dust, mold, pollen, and dander in your home. It’s also a good idea to steam clean carpets and window treatments every so often to get rid of allergens embedded in the fabric.
Check humidity levels.
Running your heating system makes indoor air very dry, causing sore throats, dry skin, and other annoyances. Use a humidifier to combat these issues, but keep an eye on it. Too much moisture in the air can create an environment for mold and other allergens to grow.
Test your green thumb.
Add air-filtering plants like Peace Lilies, English Ivy, and Chrysanthemums to help reduce airborne chemicals. (Just be careful, some plants can be toxic to pets! Check with your vet to make sure your plants are safe for your home.)
Keep up with HVAC maintenance.
During your annual tune-up, your HVAC provider will clean or replace your heating system’s air filters. This will significantly reduce the buildup of airborne pollutants and allergens in your duct system.