During the winter, it only makes sense to keep the windows closed to conserve on energy use. However, a tightly sealed home prevents the air from circulating and greatly reduces the amount of fresh air found inside. Poor indoor air quality can contribute to aggravating respiratory conditions like asthma and increase a person’s risk of developing pneumonia and other upper respiratory problems.

Air heat exchangers, these systems remove stale, polluted air from the indoor environment and replace it with fresh outside air. In addition, energy-recovery ventilators do not use extra energy to cool or heat the fresh air. Fan-powered humidifiers can help you and your family breathe more comfortably and help prevent scratchy throats and dry nasal passages. These units blow moisture vapor directly into the home’s ducts. Air purifiers are engineered to capture and kill even the tiniest of pathogens like bacteria, viruses, pollen, smoke, animal dander and other pollutants. With an electrical charge, the cell walls of these pathogens are destroyed. Some advanced units even purify the air up to eight times an hour. It’s an effective way to help keep the indoor air cleaner during the winter.

Also remember to inspect and change the filter on your HVAC system when needed. This will help to prevent the pollutants from the air going into the furnace system and being redistributed throughout the home again. Remember to never run the unit without a filter. This is because the dirt and dust particles can get into the system, and cause damage to the moving parts of the furnace. If you are not sure how often to inspect the furnace, make sure to contact us and we can inspect it for you.