The colder the weather in Warner Robins, Georgia, the more time you’ll spend inside. But while getting inside may help you avoid the dangerous pollution outdoors, indoor air pollution is a problem all its own. Eliminate these three core causes of winter indoor air pollution to turn your home into a healthy respite from the cold:
Georgia enjoys generally lower humidity levels during the winter. But that decrease in moisture causes its own problems.
Lower humidity allows more dust to circulate in the air and can easily exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms. Not only can overly dry air cause dried-out noses, throats and skin (making you more vulnerable to illness), but it can also cause damage to your home. To keep humidity at optimal levels in winter, consider installing a whole-home humidifier.
Elevated Carbon Monoxide Levels
As the winter gets colder, you’re likely to turn up the heat. Did you know that your heating system naturally releases some carbon monoxide as a byproduct of the heating process? Normally, this isn’t an indoor air pollution issue, as long as your HVAC system is properly vented. If it isn’t, this odorless gas can leak into your home. As a result, it can cause carbon monoxide poisoning that can lead to illness or even death.
Increased Harmful Particles
Harmful particles hitching a ride through your HVAC system can also contribute to indoor air pollution. Some viruses thrive in the cold, dry winter and circulate through your home. Pet dander, volatile organic compounds from chemical products, and other allergens also move around your breathing space. One way to reduce them is to clean your home often or install an air purifier that works with your HVAC system to clean your air.
Cut off the causes of indoor air pollution at their sources to enjoy a healthy, more comfortable winter. For professional help improving your indoor air quality, call Pruett Air Conditioning at 478-225-4921.
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