The winter is all about staying cozy indoors while the snow and frigid temps continue to wreak havoc outside of your window. We do our best to keep our homes tightly closed to keep the cool air out. However, in our efforts to keep the warm air in, we begin to feel the effects of dry and stale air during the winter season.
Unlike cooking odors, many contaminants are odorless and go undetected by the human nose yet are affecting your indoor air quality. We readily adapt to smells, so your nose isn’t a very reliable indicator of indoor air quality.
How bad can your indoor air get?
As we spend more time indoors, we deprive ourselves of fresh moist air. Our skin gets dry, our throats itch, our nose runs and we feel unhealthy.
Besides odors, your home’s air may also contain moisture, dust, mold spores, chemical fumes, combustion products such as smoke and carbon monoxide, and other potential irritants. Although most people aren’t significantly affected by this indoor air cocktail, the long-term effects are still being evaluated.
As anyone with asthma or other respiratory problems can tell you, poor air quality can become a serious matter. Up to 72 trillion microscopic irritants (or allergens) creep into your home every single day. These irritants range from dust, pollen, pet hair, dander, and dust mites to mildew, lint, and fungus.
Although undetectable by your nose and throat, these particles can get deep into your lungs. Call Crisafulli Bros. to discuss how you can create a fresher indoor air environment during our Albany, New York winter.
Install a Whole House Indoor Filtration system
The best way to increase fresh air throughout your home during the winter season is with a whole-home air filtration system. A state-of-art system can remove 99.98 percent of unwanted particles and allergens from home’s filtered air.
Keep Up with A/C Maintenance and Regular Filter Replacement
Routine HVAC maintenance will keep the air quality in your home safe and clean while ensuring your system’s operation is efficient. When you have a qualified HVAC technician change or clean your air filters regularly, it will minimize the level of dust and contaminants in your home’s indoor air.
Other tips for creating fresher air in your home:
- Add small house plants for a natural source of oxygen in the home
- Invest in odor-eliminating air fresheners to freshen up upholstery and blinds
- Keep the hot water mild during your cold morning showers to ensure your skin does not dry out
- Drink water (8oz x 4 minimum per day) to help keep your skin hydrated and flush out any toxins
To schedule your routine HVAC maintenance during the cold weather season, contact Crisafulli Bros. today. Our complete inspection of your residential heating and air system, ventilation and humidity levels will ensure that we reduce the amount of dirt, mold and toxins lingering in your home.