During the cold winter months, it is estimated that Canadians spend 90% of their time indoors. This is no surprise – most of us only go outside to drive to work and shovel away last night’s snow fall.
Since you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors, it has never been more important to ensure that the air quality in your home is safe to protect you from allergies and other breathing problems. There are certain steps you can take to maintain the quality of air in your home all winter long.
Invest in a Humidifier
It is a well-known fact that the air is drier during the winter months. Dry air in our homes causes our skin to dry out and crack, our sinuses to dry up, and creates static. It can also cause dehydration and a general feeling of irritation on your skin, eyes, and throat. To counter all of the problems associated with dry winter air, you should certain invest in a humidifier to return much-needed moisture to your home. Your HVAC technician can also recommend a humidifier that attaches directly to your furnace to spread comfortable air throughout the home.
Ventilation in Good Working Order
You might be surprised to hear that studies show the air outside is up to three times cleaner than air inside your home. This sounds shocking, until you think of how the average home is filled with allergens like dust and pet dander. In order to fight back against these allergens, ensure that you have a solid ventilation system and that it is good working order. You want to drive bad air away from your home and minimize the build-up of dust and other allergens. As a bonus, a proper ventilation system will also minimize heat loss in the winter and A/C loss in the system, cutting down your energy expenses.
This one is beneficial all-year round if well-maintained. A properly installed and maintains HVAC system will improve air quality, maintain consistent temperature indoors, control humidity, and eliminate odours.
Smoking Safety and Awareness
If you are a smoker, you may be tempted to light up indoors rather than freeze outside. Considering how damaging secondhand smoke is, this is inadvisable. Couple it with the fact that cigarette smoke causes unsightly yellow staining and leaves a strong odour, not to mention the considerable fire risks, indoor air quality is just one of many reasons not to smoke indoors.
There are more ways to keep the air indoors clean and safe for your family but how about you start small. And remember, a neat and tidy home is a happy home.