How to Improve Air Quality during the Heating Season

How to Improve Air Quality during the Heating Season

Hand rotating a button and selecting the level of quality. This concept illustration is a metaphor for choosing the level of quality. Three levels are available: low, medium and high.

 

So, once again, it’s time for the well-known sentence, and not only on TV screens. As you must have noticed–the winter is coming. And the most frequent looming thought in the face of this is, of course, heating. It’s really important to keep your place warm and it’s not always easy to choose a high, guaranteed quality heating device. Not to mention the installation and maintenance. If you still haven’t resolved that crucial element, you might want to check some options here

https://hughesairco.com/hvac-contractor/.  However, if you’re well past that phase, you’ll probably want to make sure that super cozy heat which is essential doesn’t reduce the overall quality of your indoor air. So, what options do you have to keep your indoor air as fresh as possible?

Humidifiers

It’s difficult to choose where to start, but this is definitely by far the biggest issue for me during winter, so here we go. Dry air, dry skin, dry hair, so much electricity, I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Even though excessive humidity can also be a problem, the lack of it is equally annoying, and this is especially induced by the forced-air heating systems. So a whole-house humidifier could probably be a life saver for this situation.

Air Purifiers

Opening windows is often not a good idea during winter because of all the increased pollution, so getting a breath of fresh air becomes somewhat complicated during this season. Keeping some plants(make sure you check which ones are suitable) in your living space can always help.  But if this isn’t enough for you, you can always turn to various types of air purifiers–the electric ones, ultraviolet ones, and others. Also, if the design really matters to you, you might want to check some of the multi-purpose solutions, such as this fabulous algae chandelier which not only purifies the air but also looks fantastic.

Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

ERV is a really convenient device as it provides fresh air indoors without putting additional load on the heating device (which is why the simplest solution that comes to mind–opening windows–doesn’t sound like a good idea once again).  This is a ventilation system which provides a constant supply of fresh air by using fans to exchange the stale one with fresh air from the outside. They pre-heat the outdoor air with the warm indoor one so heat loss is minimized. However, these devices are quite expensive, so you should keep that in mind too.

Other

There are many simple, everyday things which can actually contribute to the increase in your indoor air quality, not just during the heating season, but in general, and you’re probably not even aware of them.

First of all, be sure to replace the air filter on your heating device before the season starts,or in due time recommended by the manufacturer or technicians. Additionally, make sure all used or open chemical products are tightly closed as well as that you get rid of the unused ones, such as paint, pesticides, solvents, and other.

Speaking of chemicals, you might want to consider using less toxic cleaning products. You can try making some on your own from things you can find at home (for instance, vinegar, baking soda, etc).  Alternatively, you can search the shelves in your local market more thoroughly and find less toxic or nontoxic cleaning products. Furthermore, using a fan in your kitchen and bathroom to get rid of harmful gases and water vapor can also be quite beneficial. And finally, if possible, try to avoid smoking inside, especially in your bedroom, or if this is really a tough one for you, make sure you ventilate the room after smoking.

Air quality is just as important as keeping warm, so don’t neglect it this heating season.

To contact Hughes Air Heating & Cooling

220 W 6th Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, USA

480-247-6927

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