Winter is here and so are all of the adjustments that come with it. Leaves have changed colors and fallen along with the temperatures, but did you know your home’s air quality can also be affected? Maintaining the air quality in your house can help with sneezing, coughs, colds, allergies and asthma, which all become a bigger concern during the winter and transitioning months. From simple changes in your regular routine or new innovative products, there are numerous ways to improve your air quality and use your home system to its true and full potential.
One of the best ways to keep your indoor air quality under control would be to have a whole home purification and indoor air filtration system installed. This is the most effective way to provide clean air in your home. Different indoor air filtration systems and products can help catch and remove harmful risks such as odor-causing bacteria, air pollutants and VOCs to mold, pollen and smoke.
Change your air filters often. While you should already be in the habit of changing your filters regularly, you can’t let down during winter. Change your air filter every couple of weeks during peak heater usage. This will also help keep your air indoors fresh and avoid the stuffiness that can often happen when it is cold without having to let outside air in from a window or fan.
Humidifiers can work wonders during the winter months. This system will improve the quality of your air by assisting in purifying it. Adding a humidifier to a few of the rooms in your house, or even having a whole-home humidifier installed, can certainly help with winter dryness and the symptoms that come with it such as ashy skin, coughs and sore throats.
Invest in some house plants. Humans exhale carbon dioxide and inhale oxygen, while plants do the reverse. Including some plants in your home can give you a natural advantage in the freshness and purification of your air. While avoiding pollen or other irritant-producing plants, some houseplants have even been proven to absorb and reduce harmful airborne bacteria and gasses.
No matter what steps you take, big or small, being proactive and preparing ahead of time to find what works for you and your house hold is the best way to take control of the air quality in your home this winter.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.