Why Does Indoor Air Quality Suffer During Cold Winter Months?

By December 30, 2014 Blogs No Comments

indoor air qualityDid you know that indoor air quality is at its lowest in many Texas homes during the winter season? Read on to find out why and how you can improve the quality of your indoor air in the winter.

Tightly Sealed Homes

Thanks to advances in building technology, today’s homes are more tightly sealed than ever. This keeps treated air inside with minimal air leaks, which can save you money on energy bills over the long run.

However, during the winter months, you probably don’t open your windows or doors to let fresh air in. Less ventilation can trap pollutants inside with no way out. This can negatively affect your indoor air quality.

Eliminate Pollutants

You can reduce the amount of pollutants in your home as much as possible by:

  • Reading labels on products and choosing those with less chemicals, such as low or no-VOC paint for your walls and furniture.
  • Purchasing carpeting, textiles and furniture that contain less chemicals.
  • Using cleaning products that are less chemical-laden than conventional ones.
  • Not smoking cigarettes in the home.

Isolate Pollutants

There are certain pollutants you can’t eliminate from your home, but you can isolate and divert them.

  • Furnaces and a hot water heaters powered by natural gas can emit poisonous gases that need to be vented. Ask a HVAC professional to check if they’re properly vented and not leaking exhaust into your indoor air.
  • If you’re buying a new HVAC system, look for one with a sealed-combustion unit to improve indoor air quality.

Ventilate Your Home

Ventilate your home to help circulate indoor air, to clear out pollutants in your indoor air and to reduce moisture. Opening a window or two will help ventilate your home a little, but it won’t improve your indoor air quality as much as mechanical ventilation. A well-balanced ventilation system uses electric fans to pull in air from the outside, circulate indoor air and exhaust polluted indoor air.

For more tips on improving the indoor air quality of your Houston home, contact the HVAC experts at ACS Absolute Comfort today.

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