Improving Your Air Quality this Winter

As the winter season progresses and the temperature tumbles we seal ourselves off in our toasty homes and do what we can to ignore the snow and the ice outside. However, with the shutting of windows comes the higher possibility of a worsening air quality that can be caused by appliances, chemicals, pets, and other sources. Here are some great ways to make sure your air stays clean.

 

Add Some Plants

Plants add oxygen to the air and can remove chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde, depending on the species. Palms like bamboo and areca are especially useful as are Rubber Plants, Peace Lilies, and Aloe Vera. Generally speaking the most efficient placement is one plant per one hundred square feet of space.

 

Take Care of Your Pets

Our pets are family, so like us, they tend to spend a lot more time inside in winter. This means more dander and fur getting into your home’s air. Simply by bathing your pets regularly and washing the animal’s bedding in hot water weekly you’ll be able to mitigate the damage done to air quality.

 

Let the Air In

We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter thus far but that’s no guarantee it will continue. Even the coldest winters will have the occasional day or two of respite from sub-zero temperatures. Take the opportunity to open up your windows and let some fresh air in to clear out unwanted particulates. It’s easy, free, and effective.

 

Get a Purifier

A portable air purifier can remove allergens, particles, and odours. It can be ideal for those with asthma, allergies or other sensitivities. Air purifiers can be placed in any room as needed but generally cover about 600 sq. feet of living space.

 

Change or Upgrade Your Filters

Changing your furnace filter is relatively easy way to get your air cleaner and it should be done relatively often to maximize its effectiveness. It may also be a good idea to upgrade your furnace air filter with a more effective model that can better clean the output.

 

Air quality is important any time of year but especially when everything is closed up for winter. These tips will help make your air is as clean as it can be. If you’re looking to upgrade the air filter on your furnace or would like other parts of your HVAC system looked at, Twintech Heating and Cooling can help. Contact us today.