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During the winter, people spend more time indoors. While this keeps you warm and comfortable when temperatures drop, it can also increase your exposure to airborne contaminants that could cause respiratory issues and allergic reactions. Understanding how the season affects your HVAC system and indoor air quality will help you breathe easier. Review this guide to get started.

How Winter Impacts Your Home's Air Quality

Before winter, many homeowners check for drafts and seal holes around doors, windows, and entry and exit points for pipes and wires. While these actions can improve the efficiency of your heating equipment, they may also contribute to poor air quality and the accumulation of dirt and dust. 

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Additionally, most people keep their windows closed and locked throughout winter, which prevents ventilation and keeps airborne particles trapped inside. With the addition of combustion emissions from fireplaces or heating systems, as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from chemical cleaners, the inside environment may contribute to uncomfortable respiratory symptoms and headaches. 

How to Protect Your Indoor Air This Winter

Have a heating service specialist inspect the furnace before turning it on. They'll look for carbon monoxide leaks, change the air filter, and check for harmful fuel emissions.

Indoor air quality appliances, such as a whole-home humidifier and air purifier, can also improve your comfort. A humidifier introduces moisture to your home, preventing sinus infections and irritated skin, while a purifier will eliminate lingering allergens. 

On mild days, open the doors and windows to allow fresh air into your home and promote ventilation. If you have dogs, wash them routinely to reduce the amount of dirt and grime they track in. If you decide to take care of any home remodeling projects this season, make sure the space is properly ventilated to prevent dust and chemicals from accumulating. 

 

If you need help preserving your indoor air quality this winter, talk to the professionals at Forquer Heating & Air Conditioning. Since 1996, these HVAC contractors have helped residents throughout Stark County, OH, ensure healthy, happy, and comfortable homes. Call (330) 630-2645 or visit them online to learn more about the company. 

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