Does your family struggle more with allergies and respiratory problems in the winter? While “flu season” may be partially to blame, the real culprit is often your indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality can make it difficult to breathe easily in your home, as allergens and bacteria are allowed to circulate through the air and irritate your airways. Yet in the winter when you can’t let a fresh breeze in very easily, it can be a challenge to get control over indoor air. Here are some tips from the HVAC team at T.E. Spall & Son that will help you improve the quality of your indoor air this winter.
Add Some Plants to Improve IAQ Naturally
Provided you don’t have allergies to plants, consider adding a few new houseplants to your home to help purify the air. English ivy, peace lily, and Boston ferns are some of the best choices to improve the overall air quality of your indoor air. One plant per 100 square feet of home or office space is recommended for the best air purifying benefits.
Install a Whole House Humidifier for Optimal Comfort
One of the problems with indoor air quality in the winter is dry air. Dry air can increase respiratory discomfort and even cause your skin to dry out and feel uncomfortable. A whole house humidifier helps ease these ailments and symptoms, while also reducing dust particles and airborne bacteria in your home.
Upgrade Your Air Filter and Change It Regularly
If your HVAC system is running on the same air filter it has always had, now is the time to make a change! Upgrade your air filter to a new, higher efficiency one to stop debris from circulating through your air ducts. A high-efficiency filter will also protect your HVAC system, preventing unnecessary wear and tear while it also improves the indoor air quality in your home.
Invest in Air Cleaners for Your Home
Air cleaners and air purifiers remove allergens, odors, and particles from the air in your home. If you are suffering from winter allergies and respiratory discomfort, this is a critical step. However, you are going to want to ensure that the air purifier is the right one for your home and your particular air quality issues. The team at T.E. Spall & Son can help you choose an air purifier that will effectively clean the air inside your home.
Open the Windows to Let in a Breeze
On those rare warmer-than-usual winter days, open your windows to let in a breeze! Fresh air can do more to improve the indoor air quality than just about anything, and in the winter you won’t be battling pollen counts like you do in the spring and fall. Airing out your home from time to time will help keep the air clean and fresh all winter long.
Find an Indoor Air Quality Solution for Your PA Home
Keeping the air inside your home clean and fresh is a critical part of protecting your family. If you are looking for additional help with your indoor air quality, contact the team at T.E. Spall & Son. Our home comfort experts can give you advice on ways you can keep your indoor air just a little bit cleaner, not only in the winter, but all year long.
For more information about improving your home’s indoor air quality, call T.E. Spall & Son, your HVAC experts in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, PA!