One of the blessings of winter is that it puts a temporary stop to seasonal allergies, but that doesn’t mean the end of indoor allergies. Additionally, it can be hard to maintain good indoor air quality simply because your options for ventilation become somewhat limited. But there are ways you can maintain and even improve your indoor air quality in Everett during the winter by using some of the following suggestions:
Plants naturally clean the air by the process of photosynthesis: during the day, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen and also release water, which can naturally help balance the humidity level in your home. Additionally, they help remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air in a pretty ingenious way: the plants draw the VOCs from the air and then deposit them into the soil, where the compounds in the soil turn the VOCs into food for the plant.
Remove Dust Frequently
Dust is the bane of many allergy sufferers, and if you have a forced air system, the dust will swirl around your home with every heating cycle. Clean surfaces weekly and vacuum weekly, preferably with a HEPA filter.
Consider Using Natural Cleaners
Many household cleaners are comprised of chemicals that can irritate and agitate your mucous membranes. There a number of “green” cleaning products available in retail stores, or you can use items like baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice in place of chemical-based cleaners.
Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter Regularly
The air filter in your furnace should be changed every 3 months and possibly sooner if you have pets or smokers in your home. A clogged air filter can add unwanted dust and dirt to your system, which will be delivered directly into your living spaces.
Consider a Whole-Home Air Cleaner
A whole-home air cleaner can eliminate a great deal of indoor air contaminants because they work as a part of your HVAC system. There are a few choices when it comes to air cleaners, including mechanical air filters, electronic air cleaners and UV germicidal lights.
Winter can be challenging both in- and outdoors, but by following these tips from our G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., technician, your indoor air quality in Everett can stay healthy.