Illinois winters are long and cold. During this period of extreme weather conditions, your indoor air quality may suffer. Dry conditions in your home might leave you coughing or scratching at itchy skin, a problem that’s hard to escape from when so much time is spent indoors during winter. Here are a few things you can do to improve the air quality in your home this winter.
Regular Home Cleaning
Keeping your home clean will help keep harmful particles out of your air. Vacuum carpets and rugs once a week or more in high-traffic areas. Dust often, and mop when you’re able to. Also make sure to clean out vents and registers before the start of winter so any accumulated dust doesn’t make its way into your heating system.
Frequent Filter Changes
A clogged filter doesn’t do a good job of taking harmful substances out of your air. Change your filter before winter begins and once monthly after that throughout the busy season of winter.
Keep an Eye on Humidity
The humidity level in your home directly impacts the air quality indoors, along with your health. The ideal humidity level rest somewhere between 30% and 50%. Consider using a humidifier during the dry days of winter.
Consider Duct Cleaning
Dirty ductwork is a common cause of breathing and allergy problems. Having a trained professional clean these before winter will prevent the build-up of particles from wreaking havoc on your home and your health.
Have a Tune-up
Your heating system needs regular maintenance to run as it should. These minor adjustments help your system run in an efficient manner, which includes clearing your air of spores and particles. A tune-up before the start of winter ensures a safe and clean heating season.
Jesse Heating & Air Conditioning is a proud provider of HVAC services in the Decatur and surrounding areas. From installations to repairs and maintenance, we have a little bit of everything to help keep you safe this winter. Interested in learning how we can help improve your indoor air quality this winter? Give us a call today!