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Why Is Indoor Air Quality Worse In the Wintertime?

The winter is nearly here, which means colder weather for residents in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It might also mean poor indoor air quality. Read on to learn why indoor air quality is worse in the wintertime and how to fix it.

Why Indoor Air Quality Is Worse In the Wintertime

Modern homes are built with energy efficiency in mind, holding heat in during the winter and keeping it out in the summer. While that’s a good thing for your monthly utility bills, it’s bad when it concerns your home’s IAQ.

Before the wintertime, homeowners take steps to tightly seal cracks in their insulation to prevent cold drafts. As a result, your home becomes so sealed that it stops fresh air from entering it, which leads to more pollutants.

Most Common Indoor Pollutants In the Wintertime

There are plenty of pollutants inside your home, and they come from a variety of sources. Your pets are responsible for the dander in the air, while your cleaning and beauty products release volatile organic compounds in your home. Dust, dirt, and mold are other common types of indoor pollutants that can impact your health without proper cleaning.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter

Improving your home’s IAQ isn’t hard with the right solutions:

  • Air cleaners: Trap and kill bacteria, viruses and other pollutants in your conditioned air, keeping them out of the air your family breathes.
  • Dehumidifiers and humidifiers: Help you reach between 40 and 60 percent humidity in your home – the sweet spot.
  • Whole-home ventilators: Remove stale air from your home while also drawing in fresh air – all without letting energy escape outside.

Don’t let poor indoor air quality suffocate your family this winter. To learn more about our IAQ services and solutions, contact Farmer’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (843) 508-9779. We look forward to helping you breathe easier.