Is Indoor Air Quality Worse in the Winter?
6 Reasons Indoor Air Quality Is Worse in the Winter
When you are in your home more during the colder months of the year, you may notice that the air seems a little heavier. This is a sign that your home has poor indoor air quality. Your allergies may also worsen due to added dust, dander, and toxins in your environment. Here are six reasons why your indoor air quality might take a dive during the winter months.
1. Air Pollution
In the winter, chilly air pushes outdoor air pollution closer to the ground. Because of this phenomenon, more pollution is likely to enter your home as you open and close your doors. Also, more people are warming up their cars for longer, allowing more pollution into your home.
Your furry friends are more likely to stay inside longer in the winter because it is warm inside. Pet dander will accumulate and impact indoor air quality if you don’t adjust your cleaning schedule to accommodate this change. Pets also produce excess dander in the winter due to the cold, dry air.
3. Humidity Levels
Indoor air quality worsens when humidity levels are not balanced. If you have too little humidity, you might experience issues with dryness, allergies, and furniture damage. If there is too much humidity, you may notice that your home smells like mold or mildew, indicating the hazardous growth of these substances.
4. Less Ventilation
If you don’t have adequate ventilation, the air that circulates isn’t fresh, so it becomes heavy with toxins. This lack of ventilation occurs because most homes are well-sealed, and we keep doors and windows closed tightly in the winter.
Fireplaces are a welcome feature in winter because they are a cozy, inexpensive way to heat a home. The downside of fireplaces is the smoke and gases that a fireplace emits can lower indoor air quality.
6. Gas Appliances Get Used More Often
If you are inside most of the time, you may use appliances more often, which can be a negative for the air quality in your home. Gas appliances may release particles that irritate the lungs and contribute to asthma.
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At Carlos Warren & Son in Dexter, Missouri, we provide indoor air quality services, maintenance plans, emergency service, and boiler maintenance for your home. Our experienced team also provides AC installation and maintenance. Contact Carlos Warren & Son for more information today!