Updated September 2023

With the country seeming to be more focused on their health and that of their families, you’d have thought that there would be more attention on the quality of the air inside our homes. This, however, doesn’t seem to be the case very much at all. An E.P.A. study done a few years back showed that the air quality in the average home can be up to five, count ’em, five times dirtier than the air outside. With figures like this, it’s surprising that most haven’t even thought about the air in their homes be dirty, or unhealthy.

During the wintertime, people tend to close the windows and turn on the heater, of course. While this means warmer winter nights spent cooped up indoors, it also means that the same air is circulated repeatedly, which can lower the air quality in your home over time, and help that winter cold linger a little longer than you would like.

There are a few simple tricks that will help you increase the air quality in your home this winter that we’re going to cover today.
  • Household plants:
    Chances are you have one or two of them throughout your home. Having indoor plants is wonderful for increased air quality. Plants thrive on the pollutants that tend to accumulate in your home, all the while letting off clean and fresh air.
  • Dusting and vacuuming:
    Keep the dust and small debris in your home down to a minimum. This will prevent dust and other particles from circulating in the air and help keep you and your family healthy during the long, cold winter months.
  • Open the windows:
    When was the last time you opened the windows in your home? One of the main factors in unclean indoor air is that the air doesn’t get circulated enough and begins to stagnate. This is easily solved by opening a few windows and getting some fresh air in. It is never a bad idea to let in some fresh air to flush out the old, stale air you have been breathing for the last few months.
  • Get your air ducts cleaned:
    Can you remember the last time you had your air ducts cleaned? If you answered anything longer than six months then it is time to start thinking about it – anything longer than a year and you are asking for trouble. Over time, gunk and debris build-up and clog the airways. They also get circulated throughout every room of your home. Get them cleaned and see an instant boost in air quality.
  • Air purification systems:
    The last bit of advice we can give is to have an air purification system installed. They’re not that complicated anymore and are pretty easy to obtain. Essentially, it’s an ultraviolet light that kills germs and bacteria in the air before it has a chance to get you sick. In fact, if you were to inhale one of these dead microbes, it would only serve to increase your immunity to them in the future.

Luckily, we are here to help you get the air in your home back up to a clean and healthy level. Give us a call today for indoor air quality services and see what we can do to help make your winter not only warm and comfortable but healthy as well.

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Author Bio: Rusty Cochran

Rusty Cochran - President of We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air ConditioningRusty Cochran is the President of We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. We Care began humbly, operating in his family’s living room. Under Rusty’s strong leadership, We Care has grown from 2 employees to over 200 employees. We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air has gained recognition across the HVAC industry, receiving numerous awards and certifications, including being named the ACCA Contractor of the Year, The Map Presidential Award several times, Angie’s List Super Service Award, NATE certification, and multiple Dave Lennox Awards. LinkedIn Profile

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