Keeping Healthy Indoors through the Winter

With all of the different qualms associated with winter, the lack of fresh air is one of the biggest. Coupled with poorly ventilated buildings and homes, this can actually become a concern more serious than cabin fever.

Poorly ventilated spaces lead to poor indoor air quality, which can lead to many health problems, including asthma, headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

So What Leads to Poor Indoor Air Quality?

The biggest factor of poor indoor air quality is the lack of fresh, clean air, but it doesn’t stop there. Some of the other factors include:

  • Hard time controlling the internal temperature
  • Too high or too low humidity
  • Recent remodeling and construction
  • Severe weather, such as flooding
  • Combustion gases, such as CO2
  • Lead paint or asbestos
  • Second-hand smoke
  • Overly watered houseplants

How Do You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

One of the most important things to do when attempting to improve your home’s air quality is to retrofit your ventilation properly. Investment in proper retrofitting results in fewer building failures and health problems as well as increased energy savings. The EPA also recommends that when remodeling your house, you should have a certified professional come to inspect the ventilation.

Get an Air Cleaner

Investing in an air cleaner, as long as it’s properly maintained and serviced, is a great way to help reduce the number of pollutants in your home. Whether you choose a table-top filtration device or a whole-home air ventilator, there is an appropriate size and model for every home’s needs. Depending on the size, make, and model, your air cleaner can filter out all kinds of pollutants and particulates. Please note, however, that air cleaners do not typically remove toxic gases, such as radon and CO2.

Keep It Clean

Keeping up with your housework is actually a very effective way to maintain good indoor air quality levels. Regular vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, and mopping, helps collect potentially dangerous air particulates that could be damaging to your health. Washing walls, blankets, pillows, and curtains should also be done regularly.

Check Your Shoes at the Door

Doing something as simple as removing your shoes at the door before you get in the house helps prevent outside pollutants from entering and dispersing throughout your house.

Change Your Filters

Have your home’s ventilation system, vacuum, and heating and cooling system filters changed regularly. It helps your HVAC equipment  run more efficiently and keeps particles out of your home. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for scheduling.

Get Your Butt Outside

If you are a smoker, or someone in your home is, be sure to smoke outside. Not only does it prevent second-hand smoke, but it keeps the home cleaner and safer for everyone.

Keeping your home safe is important, and we at UNYEA are committed to providing information for your home and family’s safety, health, and comfort. If you have any other questions about indoor air quality or steps to improve it, please contact us. We’d be happy to help!

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