How to Keep Your Indoor Air Healthy in Winter

Because cold air holds less moisture than warm air, winter indoor humidity can drop to 15 percent. Many Peachtree City homes are sealed to prevent energy loss, but insufficient ventilation combined with low humidity allows disease-causing microbes to accumulate in the air. Dry winter air impairs the ability of nasal membranes to trap these harmful airborne particles. Instead, they get into your lungs and can make you sick or cause respiratory distress. Winter air also dries out your skin and makes it itch, flake and crack. Here’s what you can do about keeping your indoor air healthy in winter:

Schedule Heat Pump or Furnace Service

Proper heating system maintenance includes equipment cleaning. Gunk builds up on heat pumps and furnaces, and it can damage your equipment and pollute indoor air. Getting the unit serviced in fall keeps winter indoor air cleaner. The unit will also keep you more comfortable and perform more efficiently. In between maintenance visits, check the air filter every month and replace it when it’s dirty.

Install UV Lights

Air cleaners trap contaminants in a high-density filter whereas air purifiers neutralize them. UV lights are a type of air purifier. When these small lamps are installed in your home’s ductwork, they kill disease-causing microbes as the air in your home passes over them. UV lights are positioned near your heat pump or furnace, so they also keep mold, bacteria, viruses and fungi from collecting on HVAC units.

Humidify Indoor Air

Humidifiers add moisture to indoor air, but you have to keep the humidity level within certain parameters. You want it to be high enough to keep you comfortable and healthy, but you don’t want it so high that it causes damage to your home. With Peachtree City’s moderate climate, relative indoor winter humidity should be between 40 and 50 percent.

To learn more about keeping the air in your Peachtree City home healthy, visit Trinity Air Inc., Heating & Air Conditioning or call us at (770) 285-1990 to inquire about an indoor air quality evaluation.

You May Also Like

energy efficiency
December 21, 2021

Don’t Trade Efficiency for Comfort This Winter in Brooks, GA

A heat pump is one of the most efficient ways to keep your home cozy in winter. Here’s how you can maintain… Continue Reading Don’t Trade Efficiency for Comfort This Winter in Brooks, GA

Read More…

resetting thermostat
November 19, 2021

Is It Time to Replace My Brooks, GA, Thermostat?

Chances are that you only think about the thermostat in your Brooks, GA, home when you want to change or check the… Continue Reading Is It Time to Replace My Brooks, GA, Thermostat?

Read More…

air circulation with contaminants
October 25, 2021

Poor Airflow? Check These 5 Things in Peachtree City, GA

Poor airflow can be disrupting to your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. The rooms in your Peachtree City, GA, home are likely… Continue Reading Poor Airflow? Check These 5 Things in Peachtree City, GA

Read More…

Compliance Settings
Increase Font Size
Grayscale
Simplified Font
Underline Links
Highlight Links
Reset
Close