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Prepping a Healthy Home for Cool Weather

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Each season brings its own set of conditions that can affect how we breathe and perceive comfort. These factors can have a direct effect on indoor air quality and other aspects of our home environment. This means that no matter the rigidness of our cleaning schedule or diligence when it comes to indoor airborne contaminants, we’ll be fighting a losing battle unless we adjust our approach based on the specific challenges that the current season presents. Fall and winter can be particularly trying seasons, especially for those who suffer from allergies and asthma, and with that in mind, this article provides a series of tips that will help you effectively deal with these seasonal challenges.

  • A month prior to the cool weather, have an HVAC specialist inspect and optimize the heating system. Always clean and change the system air filters regularly, but if you’ve been lagging, the time to catch up is now.

  • Inspect the chimney. Look for obstructions that could cause smoke to back up into the house. Have a professional clean the chimney if there is an obstruction or once every several years regardless.

  • Critters are an issue in the fall and winter because they come inside our homes to avoid the cold. Double-check all attic and foundation vents and access points, and trim tree branches and foliage that can provide access to animals.

  • Perform a visual inspection of the roof. Check for loose or damaged shingles. Pay particular attention to the flashing around vents and other openings. If any sections of the roof are relatively flat, blow or sweep leaves and all other debris onto the lawn. Clear the gutters and downspouts.

  • Perform an extensive cleaning in preparation of winter. Dust everything thoroughly, including moving heavy furniture and appliances. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to ensure that the dust is removed, not just redistributed.

  • Don’t abandon the lawn during the winter months. Mow it and feed it regularly. In areas where there will be periods of snow and ice coverage, be sure that the lawn has enough residual nutrients to survive those periods.

  • Use a HEPA air purifier. Our homes have reduced ventilation in the winter, which can cause unhealthy concentrations of pollution. A HEPA air filter can remove 99.97 percent of all airborne pollutants down to 0.3 microns ensuring optimal indoor air quality even during the demanding winter season.

 

A HEPA air purifier is the best investment one can make to ensure that their family is breathing the best air possible. Poor indoor air quality is a particularly important concern for children because they consume oxygen at a much higher rate than adults do. Take action today, and buy your portable HEPA air purifier from Clean Air Plus.

 

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