When winter’s cold temperatures arrive, you’re more likely to stay inside your Dayton home rather than spending time outdoors. This exposes you to indoor air pollutants and allergens more often, such as mold and dust. In order to lower your risk of having health issues from these particles, it’s important to take steps to improve your winter indoor air quality.
Maintain a Healthy Humidity Level
Heated air from your furnace or heat pump can make your home less humid. If the humidity level drops too low, such as under 30 percent, you have a higher risk of having respiratory issues. Keep in mind that if your home’s humidity level is at 50 percent or higher, this allows mold to thrive. Use a dehumidifier or a humidifier to gain more control over the humidity level in your Dayton home.
Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Using heat sources, such as a gas furnace or fireplace, increase the risk of having a carbon monoxide leak in your home this winter. Go around and check your carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they are in good working condition. This helps ensure that you will be immediately alerted if your home does have a carbon monoxide leak.
Change Your HVAC Filter
Replacing your HVAC system’s filter with a brand new one is an important part of improving your winter indoor air quality. A new filter that is clean will be able to trap air pollutants and other harmful particles in your home. This stops them from spreading throughout your home when your heating system is on.
Consider Air Filtration
Having an air filtration system installed in your home helps decrease the amount of pollutants and allergens that you’re exposed to on a regular basis. These systems remove these particles from the air that you breathe, which helps boost the air quality inside your home.
If you need additional help improving your winter indoor air quality, please contact Detmer and Sons. We offer filtration, UV lamps, humidification and dehumidification to help keep your Dayton home health and comfortable throughout the season.
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