Fight Wintertime Woes with Better Air Quality
When it comes to air quality in your home during the winter months, there are several concerns. First of all, we don’t get as much fresh air as we do during the more temperate months when we can open our windows. The cold keeps us locked up tight. Also, the furnace robs our homes of moisture so we experience static shock and dry skin. What’s a homeowner to do? The indoor air quality experts at Heartland Quality Heating and Cooling have some helpful suggestions.
Air Quality Improvements with Air Filters and UV Lights
Healthier air is needed when your home is closed off for the winter so there are two options: air filters and UV Lights. The EPA estimates that the air inside your home is five times more polluted than the outside air. There are several solutions to unhealthy indoor air. At Heartland Quality, we offer air filters and UV lights to keep your indoor air cleaner. We have a variety to choose from. If you have an allergy sufferer in your family, you may want to upgrade your furnace filter to a higher quality that removes microscopic pieces of dust, pollen and mold from your home. We also have UV lights that are installed in your ducts to kill mold, mildew and viruses as they pass through the furnace and air conditioner. We offer two options for UV Lights. The primary difference is the premiere UV Light eliminates odors within the house. The premiere combines UV lights and titanium oxide to kill even more viruses.
Plus, both UV Light options are ozone free. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry, we can tell you about the pros and cons of the different systems and find the right one for your home.
Add Humidity to get Better Air Quality
In the winter, furnaces produce heat that dries out the air in your home. Add to that the fact that we rarely introduce fresh air because of the cold, and you get super dry air. Installing a whole-house humidifier will take care of this problem because it is installed on your furnace and you can set it to the exact humidity level you need. Plus, it’s just about maintenance free. All you have to do is change the filter once a season. Otherwise, the water is connected automatically and feeds it on demand. The ideal humidity level in a home should be between 30% and 50%. If your home is below 30% you’re most likely seeing some of the signs of dry air that you may not even recognize. Does your family suffer from these symptoms?
- Dry, itchy skin
- Chapped lips
- Bloody noses
- Persistent coughs
- Static shock
A whole-house humidifier like our Aprilaire Humidifier will keep you and your family more comfortable and healthy all winter long. Even your furniture, molding, and wood floors will appreciate the extra moisture.
Related Read: Protect Your Family with a Fall Furnace Tune-Up
A Humidifier Can Help You Save on Energy Bills Too
Did you know that moist air actually holds more heat? It’s true. So, if the moisture in your home is higher, you can set your thermostat a couple of degrees cooler this winter and not feel uncomfortable. According to the Energy.gov website, you can see a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long or longer. Considering that heating and cooling account for half of the typical home’s energy bill, a
humidifier will pay for itself in no time at all!