When cold weather arrives, the windows and doors are closed for the duration, improvements are made to your home’s insulation, and the thermostat gets cranked up. But while these actions make your house feel cozy and warm, they may also reduce the quality of the air you are breathing. With means of ventilation closed off, contaminants like mold, dust mites, bacteria, and viruses cannot escape and may build up indoors during the winter months.
Therefore, it’s important to take action to clean up the air you and your family are breathing indoors in the wintertime. Here are some great tips for improving your home’s indoor air quality during the winter months:
1. Keep on top of dust and dirt.
Did you know that the accumulation of dust and dirt can clog your HVAC system? That’s why it’s important to regularly dust and vacuum your home, and clean the vents and grilles with a damp cloth.
2. And while you’re at it…check the ducts.
Dirt can accumulate in the ductwork of your HVAC system over time. Inspect the ducts regularly and consider having them professionally cleaned, if you haven’t done so recently.
3. Change the filter.
The HVAC system’s air filter traps dust and dirt particles as they flow through the return ducts. Regularly changing the air filter (every 30-60 days) will help ensure that your HVAC system is functioning efficiently and circulating healthy air throughout your home. You may want to consider upgrading your air filter to one with a higher filtration rating, as well.
4. Make sure you have adequate ventilation.
Most of the time, homeowners are very focused on sealing their homes against winter’s chill. However, those efforts can create poor ventilation, resulting in stuffy air, condensation, mold and stale odors. Adequate ventilation will ensure that fresh air circulates throughout your home, even in the colder months.
5. Locate and remove sources of indoor air pollution.
Older homes and equipment can contribute to poor air quality. If you suspect your home contains asbestos in the walls or ceilings, have it removed or sealed off. Aging water heaters and other equipment need regular maintenance to prevent things like gas emissions and leaks. Make repairs or replace them, when necessary.
When it comes to your HVAC system, a licensed technician can help you identify and eliminate the culprits that may be causing poor air quality in your home. Howell Services employs only the most qualified technicians in the industry and offers the best service available to the Fort Bend area. Our HVAC technicians are experts in maintenance and repair.
We recommend a comprehensive precision tune-up and professional cleaning twice a year, which includes a thorough 23-point inspection of your system. Call us today for an appointment and keep your system operating at peak efficiency.