How to Improve Your IAQ So Your Winter Isn’t a Stuffy One

improve IAQAs homeowners become more and more conscientious of their energy usage, their homes become more and more airtight. While this is certainly a smart and effective way to lower utility costs, having such a well-sealed home can lead to issues with indoor air quality (IAQ).

Before the caulking and weatherstripping revolution came about, those little household air leaks provided ventilation and fresh air to breathe. And this problem is only compounded in the winter months, when most people work earnestly to shut out the cold Chicago area weather. Learn what steps you should take to improve your IAQ and start breathing easier today.

The Golden Rule when it comes to cleaning up your breathing space is to eliminate, isolate and ventilate pollutants. The following steps are relatively simple and inexpensive ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home:

Tips to Eliminate

  • Choose household cleaners that aren’t made with volatile chemicals. Most of these environmentally safe products are clearly labeled, making it easier to find ones with less pollutants.
  • Purchase carpeting, textiles and furniture that are made without harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde when it’s time to upgrade.
  • Keep cigarette smoke out of your home at all times.

How to Isolate IAQ Issues

  • Line the floor or crawl spaces and basements with plastics covers to prevent radon from entering your home (This should be done by a professional).
  • Make sure natural gas appliances, such as the furnace and hot water heater, are properly vented to the outdoors. A pro can inspect them for you.
  • Consider purchasing sealed combustion units when shopping for new appliances.
  • Store products that are made with pollutants in an outdoor storage shed or in your garage.

Ventilate for Better Indoor Air Quality

  • Use a mechanical ventilation device to help keep the air in your home moving.
  • Consult a qualified HVAC contractor to help you determine the best type of ventilation system for your family’s needs.
  • Open up the windows whenever the weather permits it.

For more tips on improving the indoor air quality in your Chicago area home, feel free to contact us at Hollub Heating anytime.

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