Indoor air quality is just as important in the winter as the spring and summer. If you’ve considered installing a whole-home air purification system to help control seasonal allergies, that system will have its benefits all year long. In addition to properly maintaining your HVAC system, there are some things you can do to keep your indoor air clean and your body healthy as the cold air moves through Culpeper, Virginia.
Maintain Healthy Humidity Levels
Low humidity levels can result in dry skin and nasal passages, itchy eyes and other symptoms that mimic allergies. High humidity levels can allow condensation to build up on your walls and may even encourage the growth of mold and bacteria that make you sick. Systems that work with indoor humidification are just as important as air purification systems.
Even if you think your home is well ventilated, it’s worth having a professional check for problems. Fixing potential issues now could keep your lungs breathing easy for years to come.
Whole-house ventilation systems can help with air quality just as much as air purification systems that cover the full home. Instead of removing harmful particles from the air, these systems ensure you have fresh, clean air circulating through your home. Think of it as taking fresh air from outdoors, conditioning it and then streaming it into your home without opening windows and doors.
Modern ventilation systems work with your HVAC system and are energy efficient. They can improve your indoor air quality while preventing mold, mildew and bacteria that thrive in homes that lack proper ventilation.
Clean Your Home and Your Vents
Household chores like dusting and sweeping carpeted floors become even more important when your doors and windows are tightly sealed for the winter. While you boost your home cleaning routine, be sure to clean the duct vents. Dirt and dust can accumulate on the vents that deliver air conditioned or heated air throughout your home. As the air blows through those vents, bits of dirt and dust can be picked up and blown into the room. Warm, soapy water should be all that is needed to keep the vents clean.
To learn more about assessing and improving your indoor air quality for another cold Virginia winter, connect with us online or call (540) 216-0545.