Why Healthy Indoor Air Quality is Important This Season

Miller’s has talked a lot about indoor air quality and how important it is for you to maintain your IAQ for your family. First, let’s do a quick review of the basics of indoor air quality. Indoor air quality, or IAQ, is the condition of the air both in and around your home and it specifically focuses on how the air correlates to the health and comfort of you and your family. IAQ is important because there can be immediate and long-term effects to breathing in pollutants. Of course, you always want to keep your family safe, especially in the comfort of your home. So how is indoor air quality affected by the changing seasons? What can you do to maintain a healthy IAQ? Let’s answer these questions!

How does the fall/winter season affect your IAQ? 

There are a few factors that can affect your indoor air quality during the fall and winter seasons. We’ll discuss each of those below. 

  • Lack of moisture in the air during the fall and vegetation decay can cause mold growth. This mold growth typically persists from September to November. These mold spores can get into your HVAC system and spread. 
  • Fall allergens like ragweed can spread high amounts of pollen. Ragweed is the worst Fall allergy and it can hit some people pretty hard. If pollen gets in your home it may be spread through your HVAC causing allergies. 
  • With low humidity levels and cold air in the winter, the bacteria and viruses that cause upper-respiratory infections are easily spread by getting into your HVAC system which will easily disperse them throughout your home.

What can you do to maintain your IAQ?

These fall/winter indoor air quality pollutants can be annoying but they’re not unbeatable. Taking proper care of your HVAC and being proactive can help you avoid any of these issues. Here are some ways to keep your indoor air quality healthy this fall/winter. 

  • Replace your air filters once a month. This will help prevent pollutants from spreading through your HVAC system via your air filters. Changing your air filters often will dispose of the pollutants caught in them leaving you with fresh, healthy air. 
  • Duct cleaning can help ensure that dirt and debris are removed from your HVAC system. 
  • Get an indoor air quality inspection from a professional. Miller’s team of HVAC experts is trained in IAQ and can provide an assessment of your home’s air. We’ll also be able to provide you with recommendations on how to improve your IAQ. And now, for a LIMITED TIME, we’re offering a FREE indoor air quality inspection!

No matter what season it is it’s important to take proper care of your HVAC and indoor air quality. Remember that knowledge and preventative maintenance are the best ways to ensure your family stays safe. Indoor air quality is especially important as we continue to navigate COVID and other illnesses. Take advantage of our FREE indoor air quality inspection today! Call (804) 758-4314 to learn more and schedule your appointment. 

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