Most people tend to spend more time indoors during the winter. And since it’s chilly outside, we keep the windows closed, which means we’re exposed to the same air all day and all night. If you’re looking to improve your home’s air quality this winter, use the tips below so you can start breathing fresher air inside.
Get Some Green Plants
Looking for a fun way to improve air quality? Get some green plants for your home. It’s an exciting step for homeowners since it makes your interior feel cozy and inviting. But the big perks come from the way plants like aloe, ferns, and succulents naturally filter harmful contaminants out of the air. Add a plant or two in each room to keep your air fresher and cleaner.
Change Your HVAC Filter
In the winter, your HVAC unit is usually working hard to keep your home at the right temperature. But if your filter is dirty, all that work wreaks havoc on the air quality in your home. A dirty filter adds contaminants to your air, so it’s important to keep those airborne particles trapped in a fresh filter.
While you should check the manufacturer’s instructions for specifics, most HVAC filters should be changed about once every three months. You may need to change them more often if any of the following apply:
- You have pets and are sensitive to dander.
- You smoke indoors.
- You have allergies or a respiratory condition.
- You’ve recently painted one or more rooms.
- Your filter tends to get damp.
Use a Humidifier
Winter tends to be a rather dry time of the year in many climates. Dryness can make the air rougher to breath, while also making your skin dry. If you want to improve the air quality to include the correct humidity level, get a humidifier or a vaporizer to add some much-needed moisture. However, make sure your air isn’t too moist. If you tend to have a high humidity level in your home, get a dehumidifier to prevent that excess moisture from leading to mold.
Use Exhaust Fans
When you’re cooking, you release noxious vapors, grease, and smoke into the air. While the cooking process might make for a delicious meal, it’s not so great for your air quality. Use the exhaust vents in your kitchen to keep those contaminants at bay.
Similar issues come up when you’re cleaning or painting in your home. Consider using the exhaust fans when cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms. For other areas, you may want to open the windows to release odors and air particles. It may be chilly outside, but creating the opportunity for some fresh air to come in (and less-than-fresh air to get out) is a must every now and then.
Keeping your home’s air nice and clean doesn’t have to be difficult. Just make it a part of your daily routine so it becomes second nature, especially during the winter when you’re trapped inside for much of the time. However, these tips will also help keep your family healthy and happy all year long.
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