During the cold winter months, you need to lock up your home tight to keep you and your family members warm and cozy. Unfortunately, keeping your house closed up and running the heater nonstop in winter can cause indoor air quality problems, three of which are discussed below.

1. Lack of Fresh Air Flowing Through the Home Leads to a Higher Concentration of Pollutants

When the weather is warm outside, you are more likely to open doors and windows to bring fresh air into the home and let out pollutants such as fumes and particles from chemical cleaners. However, during the winter months, if you keep your home shut to keep in heat, these pollutants will accumulate in the air, causing a decrease in its quality. One solution to this problem is to have a professional install a heat recovery ventilator that will bring in and heat air from the outdoors to keep the indoor air fresh.

2. Recycled Air Through the Vents Blows Dust and Allergens Around the House

Another issue that results in poor air quality is the amount of dust and allergens in the recycled air. Even if you change the filter once or twice a month, dust particles and allergens will keep recirculating through the vents where they are blown around your house. For this issue, consider having a whole-house air filtration system installed to remove the excess dust and allergens.

3. Heat and Trapped Moisture Increase the Risks of Mold Growth

When you have to keep your home closed up during the winter months, excess moisture from the kitchen, shower, and other fixtures will build up along with the heat. This combination of heat and moisture can greatly increase the risk of mold growth that spreads allergy-causing spores in the air.

If you are concerned about the quality of your home’s indoor air, contact Andersen Plumbing and Heating in Aurora, IL. We not only provide heating repair and maintenance services, but we can also assist you with your home’s plumbing, water heater, and central air conditioning needs.

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