Helpful indoor air quality tips to help us breathe fresher, healthier air
As winter brings white picturesque imagery of snow blanketed landscapes, cold, and fun activities, it also drives folks indoors to stay warm and avoid sickness. Unfortunately, staying shut up indoors can also harbor germs, stale air, mold spores, second-hand smoke, dust mites, stuffiness, allergens, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and dust — all leading to possible respiratory problems, allergies, prolonged sickness or multiple trips to doctors. Here are some tips, preventative measures, and products to help us achieve better Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) so we can breathe fresher, healthier air.
“People spend 90% of their time indoors.” – American Lung Association
Replacing air filters can help reduce dust and allergens
Changing air filters regularly can help to ensure dust and other airborne irritants get trapped inside the filter instead of being recirculated throughout the home. Filters not only help to improve the quality of your home they also keep the system performing at peak efficiency. Lennox offers a wide variety of filtration products, including high-performance air cleaners such as the Carbon Clean 16 media air cleaner. The filter is the #1 rated, professionally installed, whole-home filter as rated by a leading consumer magazine.
“The average 6 room house collects 40 lbs of dust each year” – Discover Magazine
Introducing a purification and filtration system can greatly improve indoor air
If you are looking to improve the air throughout your entire home and not just in individual rooms, we can integrate Lennox Healthy Climate air purification system with your existing system.
PureAirTM also works against odors and chemical vapors from paints, cleaning supplies and additives used in carpeting and furniture. The PureAirTM air purification system reduces indoor air pollutant levels through a combination of hospital-grade filtration and a contaminate destruction process called photocatalytic oxidation (PCO).
“Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor air.” – Dept of Consumer Affairs
Housekeeping has impact on our indoor air
We also recommend deep cleaning the house regularly in the winter months to help cut down on dust, pet dander, and mold. Vacuuming the carpets and area rugs at least once or twice a week can help reduce allergens in the home. Also, regularly washing bedding, drapes and other items that attract dust, absorb cooking odors, and pet dander will help to control dust and make the air fresher.
When the winter months force us indoors, make sure we are taking a few measures to help keep our air fresh and allergen-free. These simple fixes, can help us breathe better, fresher air.