When the cold weather comes to Utah, most people won’t spend much (if any) time with windows or doors open, which makes sense in the winter season. The problem with this situation, though, is that this time of year can be a time when the air inside your home gets pretty stagnant because there is no airflow to and from the outside. The end result, then, is poor indoor air.
Reduce Pollutants Wherever Possible
There are a few habits that you might be able to do away with that could significantly improve the interior air. Smoking indoors is one of the most hazardous things you can do, so avoid smoking inside or near the house. Since you’ll have to breathe the air inside your home, you should also avoid cleaners with strong fragrances or harsh chemicals, as these can linger in the air. Similarly, activities like painting, soldering, using glue, sanding, or polishing with chemicals should be done in the garage, outdoors, or postponed until you can open the windows.
Clean the House
We know, we know, cleaning the house is not much fun, but a little cleaning can go a long way toward better air inside. Make sure you wash your bedding and towels regularly to prevent dust mites and allergens. Also take your shoes off at the door, and ask your guests to do the same. When you vacuum, be sure to use HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) cleaners that you can dispose of when finished.
Humidity levels can contribute to allergens in the air, including mold, mildew, dust mites, and more. Fortunately Utah is a state with mostly dry air, but rooms like the bathroom or kitchen are still susceptible to higher humidity. Place a dehumidifier in the room if needed to keep humidity at around 30 percent or lower. Also make sure you fix any leaks, and remove any mold you find immediately.
Get Your HVAC System Checked
The heating system in your home can also be a source of pollutants if you have not changed the filter recently, or if the unit is not working properly. Call a heating and air conditioning specialist to come and take a look, making any necessary repairs, and provide tips and information about how to maximize your home’s quality air and minimize the stuff that you don’t want to be breathing.
Of course, if air pollution levels get really bad in your home, it’s not a bad idea to just open your windows for 5 to 10 minutes. Do it in the middle of the day or when it’s not quite so cold outside to avoid freezing everyone out.
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