5 easy things you can do to keep your indoor air healthy in the winter.
Updated: Feb 18, 2021
We button down the hatches and crack up the heat in the winter, sealing ourselves in a warm and toasty environment and put little thought into the air we are breathing. Because we spend more time indoors and shut off from the fresh air outside, our indoor air quality plays a major role in our health.
There are simple and inexpensive things we can do to improve our indoor air quality in the winter months.
Here are 5 things you can do today to improve your indoor air quality at home during the winter.
1). Replace your HVAC filters: Install new filters into that HVAC system and if you can, use HEPA filters. Not only does it extend the life of your HVAC system and reduce your energy cost, but it helps keep your indoor air clean, especially for those with allergies or pets. There's nothing worse than circulating dander and dust throughout your entire home. Changing your filter is inexpensive and easy.
2). Circulate Air: We close those windows and crank up the heat during these winter months. Your indoor air needs to move, its time to use those ceiling fans to circulate the air throughout your home. If you do not have ceiling then use oscillating fans. Make sure you clean the blades of your fans and ceiling fans regularly.
Also, when weather permits open up those windows a little to circulate fresh air into the home, you should attempt this daily. Don't be scared to crack those windows for 10-15 mins a day, it can make a tremendous difference in the air you breath.
3). Keep your floors dry: We take a lot of moisture into the house during these winter months by tracking snow and sleet every time we come in. Lay down a non-absorbent rug at the doors and remove those shoes before tracking moisture throughout the house. Additionally, remove any rugs you might have in the bathroom, they tend to trap moisture and are a huge source of mold/mildew growth. Moisture in the home is never good and too much moisture can cause mold and mold spores. Also, check your window sills for moisture and dry them if you spot some.
4).Maintain a healthy humidity level in the home. A healthy home sits around 30%-50% humidity level and during the winter months while running our heat systems and shutting out the winter air our humidity can easily drop below 30% making the air too dry. Low humidity can be easily noticed by having a dry mouth and irritated eyes. You can help the humidity stay healthy by adding humidifiers in your room. A Simple inexpensive humidifier is great for the bedroom and you'll be thanking me in the morning when your mouth isn't as dry as the Serengeti desert.
5). Clean with green: Most of us already do this and understand the importance of a clean home but, its not just about cleaning its about what you're cleaning with.. During the winter months and because we seal our homes up, you need to clean with a natural cleaner (not a chemical cleaner) to reduce harmful chemicals put into the air- purchase a cleaner with natural ingredients.
When you're vacuuming make sure you are using a HEPA filter and if you don't have a HEPA filter then you do need to crack the windows and circulate fresh air while vacuuming. Resist the urge to use fragrant aerosols, diffusers, cleaners and candles that shoot chemicals into your air.