Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality this Season

Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality this SeasonOpening a few windows might be a quick way to get some fresh air, but it’s not exactly practical during a cold, snowy Long Island winter. If you want to improve your indoor air quality by getting rid of allergens and other contaminants, there are better ways to do it.

Control Your Humidity

Despite the dry winter air, a closed-up home can still have high humidity thanks to moisture from cooking, showering and other sources. Heavy window condensation is one indication of this problem. Allergy-aggravating mold and dust mites thrive in warm, humid conditions, but keeping your indoor humidity down around 35 to 40 percent in winter discourages these microbes and improves your indoor air quality.

To reduce indoor humidity, repair dripping faucets and roof leaks, keep long, hot showers to a minimum and run your range hood fan while you cook. After cooking or showering, run your exhaust fans for around 10 minutes to let out built up moisture in the air.

Get Rid of the Contaminants

While spot ventilation helps, it’s not enough to improve the air quality throughout your house. To clear all your rooms of dust, mold spores, traces of carbon monoxide (CO), VOCs (harmful fumes) from certain types of furniture, carpet, and other items, you’ll need a whole-house ventilation system.

These systems use exhaust fans to remove stale indoor air and supply fans to bring in fresh outdoor air. A heat-recovery ventilation (HRV) system contains a heat exchanger that saves you energy in winter by collecting heat from the outgoing warm air and transferring it to the incoming air.

Whole-house air cleaners, which fit inside your HVAC system, are another option. Electronic air cleaners trap tiny particles even high-efficiency furnace filters miss. UV light systems neutralize mold spores, bacteria, and viruses. Gas-phase filters reduce odors and neutralize certain types of VOCs, depending on the air cleaner’s design. Many air purification systems combine several of these methods for maximum cleaning power.

To enjoy better indoor air quality in your home, get in touch with us at Cool Power in the Long Island area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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