Indoor air quality in winter isn’t usually top of mind for homeowners. However, this doesn’t make it less important. In fact, it’s more important to your health than you may think, especially during winter when the quality of indoor air is compromised.
Sources of Poor Quality Air During Winter
- Minimal natural ventilation – During colder months, homeowners don’t open windows and doors, which is the most natural way to ventilate. This leads to improper ventilation of your home. Windows and door are the best sources of good quality air in our homes, and it’s through them that air is able to circulate fresh air in and contaminated air out.
- Airtight homes – Small leaks in the house allow fresh air to come in, but today’s modern homes are built to be airtight for energy efficiency. Despite it being in small volumes, these small leaks can be very helpful in improving indoor air quality in winter.
- Water heaters and other items that emit exhaust – Exhaust from various machinery used around the house can’t properly escape without proper mechanical ventilation like exhaust fans. These fumes can accumulate and contaminate the air. This is more prevalent during winter when they’re regularly used.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Winter
To maintain healthful, good quality air in your home during winter, try the following tips:
- Ensure that you first eliminate the sources of air contamination in your home. These include chemicals with strong odors and those containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Ensure that the water heater and other equipment are exhausting their fumes directly outdoors.
- Install an air purifier. This system is your best bet in getting good quality air all seasons.
For more information about your home’s indoor air quality in winter, or for other home comfort concerns, contact Aqua Plumbing and Air. We’re proud to serve homeowners in and around the Sarasota area.