Air quality is an important concern for homeowners throughout the entire year, but the transition from warm temperatures into the fall and winter season is a period where there can be some specific challenges here. People spend more time indoors and often achieve less air circulation when the temperatures drop, meaning you have to be diligent about not letting your air quality suffer as a result.
At Wasatch Clean Air, we’re here to help with a variety of services, from air duct cleaning to dryer vent cleaning, UV air purifiers and many other services and products. This two-part blog will go over several important fall and winter themes for maintaining indoor air quality, from those you can perform on your own to areas where our team will be happy to assist you as needed.
One of the single biggest factors here is air circulation, which tends to drop off during this time of year as homeowners close their windows and seal off their homes from the cold. The first step here is ensuring your HVAC filters have been changed or upgraded recently – from here, keep the thermostat set to a level where it will run periodically throughout the day, keeping air moving through the filter and cycling around the home.
One additional tip here: If you have interior exhaust vents you run for any reason, do your best to keep a nearby window open while doing so. This is to avoid pulling contaminated air into the home from your attic or crawl space.
Fall Projects and Low-VOC Materials
Fall is a time of the year when many homeowners dig into DIY home projects, and if you’re among these folks, it’s important to keep your air quality in mind. Certain projects, such as re-varnishing furniture, for instance, may involve the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – these are hazardous to health and air quality. If you’re performing any such project, ensure your materials contain low or no level of VOC content.
Whether for help with purifying air during a project or just in general, investing in a UV air purifier is a great way to keep your air quality high this season. This purifier will help rid your space of everything from dust and pet dander to viruses and other microscopic contaminants.
Finally, take the time to schedule a fall maintenance and inspection session with our team this season. Our pros will evaluate your entire air system and make sure your heating appliances are working correctly, plus ensure your ducts are clear and healthy. We’ll inform you of any threats to air quality that can be simply repaired as you head into the cold season.
For more on maintaining air quality during fall and winter, or to learn about any of our services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Clean Air today.