3 Winter Indoor Air Quality Concerns

As you spend more time indoors during the cold Chicago winter, you might notice that your home’s air quality isn’t as healthy as you would desire. Learn about three common indoor air quality concerns and how to address them.

Pet Dander

When you spend more time indoors, chances are your pets do, too. That means family members allergic to pet dander are much more likely to experience reactions or full-blown allergy attacks. You can decrease the amount of dander accumulated in your home by vacuuming carpet and upholstery thoroughly at least once a week. You can also prevent the dander from circulating through your home’s air supply by using a higher quality air filter for your HVAC system and replacing it at according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Sources of Combustion

Many homeowners increase their use of fireplaces, wood stoves, and furnaces when outside temperatures drop. While these are great ways to stay warm, poorly maintained appliances can seriously compromise your indoor air quality. Your HvAC technician can perform a safety and maintenance check on each of these combustion sources to make sure they don’t release gases and other contaminants into the air.

Household Cleaners

Harsh household cleaners release harmful gases, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), into the air. When inhaled over time, VOCs can cause serious respiratory issues. Use gentle cleansers or make your own from natural products to reduce or eliminate the amount dangerous VOCs in your home’s air supply.

Other products commonly used around the house can also be harmful to the indoor air. Paint, stain, and varnish also release VOCs. These products should generally be used with sufficient ventilation. You are less likely to be able to keep windows and doors open during winter in our area. If you must use these products during this time try to use those that are safer for use indoors and contain less harmful substances.

Ready to put your air quality concerns behind you? Call Hollub Heating today at (312) 829-8000 to discuss indoor air quality improvement options for your home.

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