When the winter winds blow, it is best to stay indoors and shut the doors and windows to keep the cold air out. The problem with that, though, is pollutants and allergens get trapped inside your home.
The absence of fresh air and lack of humidity in your home may raise the concentration of pollutants and allergens. This can worsen cold and flu symptoms, as well as trigger asthma and other respiratory problems.
But don’t worry – as we offer tips to help you have healthier air in your home this cold and flu season.
Clean or Replace Furnace Air Filter
No doubt, your furnace can keep you and your family warm throughout the winter. But it can also make any one of you sick if it has a dirty or dusty air filter.
Make sure to clean your furnace air filter at least once per month. If you want to replace it, choose a HEPA model as it is more effective at keeping germs and dust at bay and indoor air fresh.
Vacuum Carpet at Least Thrice a Week
No matter the season, carpets can trap dust and other pollutants like mold and pet dander.
Combine that with lack of humidity and fresh air this season, and you have a bigger problem. If it’s possible, remove the carpet in your home this wintertime.
Otherwise, you should double your effort in cleaning and vacuuming your carpets or rugs to make sure you and your family can breathe easier.
It’s been long known that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, so it’s safe to say they can help improve the air quality in your home as well.
In fact, in the late 1980s, a study conducted by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America found that houseplants help purify the air in space facilities.
Also, the study discovered that several plants, such as peace lily and English ivy, can filter out common volatile organic compounds or VOCs that can cause headaches and eye, nose, and throat irritation.
So, if you’re looking for something to improve indoor air quality at home, you can’t go wrong with adding houseplants to your living room, kitchen, or even bedroom.
Add Air Purifier
If your children or holiday guests are highly vulnerable to dust, pet dander, and other airborne germs, consider adding an air purifier at home.
An air purifier works through your HVAC ducts and purifies the air that re-circulates inside your home, keeping your indoor air fresh all season long.
At Cowboy Services AC & Heating, we recommend the award-winning REME HALO® air purifier. It has dual ionizers to reduce airborne allergens and kill bacteria, mold, and viruses effectively. Plus, it can be easily integrated with your existing HVAC system, and we’re here to help install it.
With these tips, you and your family can enjoy all the festivities at home this wintertime. You no longer have to worry about getting the cold and flu, even if you stay indoors frequently, this entire winter season.
Want to know more about improving indoor air quality? Don’t hesitate to talk to our HVAC experts today!