Maintaining your air quality in the winter

Maintaining your air quality in the winter

Sure, it doesn’t get too cold here in Florida, but these things are relative, aren’t they. For us it’s cold and for millions of folks around the US – it’s cold. And when things get cool, the days of opening up the windows to fill your home with fresh air are gone.

That means you’ll be breathing in more indoor air in the coming months and a big part of your quality of life and your health will be maintaining your home’s air quality. There are many ways you can improve your home’s air quality and we’re going to share a few of those tips with you today. Let’s jump right in!

 

Cleaning your ceiling fan blades

Just like your vents, dusty ceiling fans are incredibly efficient and moving dirt and dust all around your house. Make sure you clean them every month or so. Nothing extensive – just a nice wipe down will do. While you’re up there, make sure you change the direction of your fan blades as well so that you create an updraft. That’ll help you circulate warmer air throughout your room and allows you to keep your thermostat down a few degrees lower.

Schedule a professional duct cleaning

While it’s good to do a lot of the ‘surface maintenance’ yourself – the truth is that the worst of your air’s grime gets stuck in your ducts. If left uncleaned, it can unleash some pretty bad stuff into the air. Schedule a time for a professional technician to come through and do a cleaning. Just a simple vacuum and disinfectant spray can improve your air quality immensely.

Replace your filters

While this is a routine, year-round job; it’s most important that you change your filters out in the winter – for a lot of the reasons we’ve already discussed. When people and pets spend more time indoors, the faster a filter will fill up, leaving a lot to be desired when it comes to air quality. So be sure you’re on top of this in the colder months.

Think about adding an air filtration system

This is a significant investment – but if running around and doing the things we just talked about isn’t something that sounds all that appealing to you, then it’s time to consider adding in a filtration system. They compliment your HVAC system by cleaning out any of those microscopic particles that might be flowing through your system. Not only will they do a great job of keeping your air clean, but they’ll make your HVAC system more efficient while helping it last longer.

 

If you’re looking to give you air quality a boost this winter, give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule a free walk through and consultation. Good luck!