Spring is the season that often gets the most attention when it comes to contaminants in the air. That’s because allergies tend to be the worst during spring when common allergens like pollen show up in high concentrations in the air outside. But as it turns out, the air in our homes can be just as bad during winter as it is during spring, and often times even worse. Today we’re going to talk about how the health of your home’s air is affected during winter and what you can do to ensure your home’s air is clean!
During winter, we keep our homes as tightly sealed as possible in order to prevent cold outside air from getting indoors. Not only are our doors and windows shut more often during winter than any other time of the year, but many people also seal up air leaks with caulk and weatherstripping and cover entire windows with plastic insulation to prevent drafts.
Sealing up your home is great for saving energy and keeping out cold drafts, but it can also adversely affect the health of your home’s air. That’s because contaminants can build up in your home without any way to escape. Unlike spring and summer, when there are many more opportunities for indoor contaminants to escape outside, contaminants tend to get trapped indoors during winter and repeatedly cycled by your furnace.
Some airborne contaminants can be found in your home’s air during any time of the year. Those include dust mites, pet dander, dirt, outdoor allergens and chemicals from cleaning products, personal hygiene products, paints and stains. During winter, certain contaminants show up more often than they do during other times of the year. Those include:
If you have any questions about home air health during winter, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Charles, MO, furnace installation and repair contractor. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like Dardenne Prairie, Des Peres and Frontenac, MO.
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