Is Air Quality Affected by Winter Weather?
As we go through another winter season, more and more people tend to be concerned with the quality of air inside their homes. With wintertime sickness and allergies running rampant, it’s no surprise that there’s an increased concern. Understanding how the winter weather affects air quality can help you to invest better in solutions to enhance the quality of air inside your home.
The Cold Trap
When the weather gets cold in the wintertime, heat will naturally rise. This leaves the cold wintertime air trapped closer to the surface of the Earth. Inside this cold air is a plethora of pollutants like ozone, smog, and so forth. Combine this with the fact that many people are letting their cars run longer to warm up and defrost as well as burning more fuel to keep their homes nice and warm, and it becomes no surprise that there are more pollutants that we breathe in during the winter months.
If you’re like most people, you know that when the wintertime hits, your skin will become dryer and itchier. This is due to the fact that cold air tends to have a low relative humidity level. The air will actually pull moisture from your skin, leaving it dry and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, when there’s low humidity in the air, it can exacerbate many allergy and respiratory symptoms that you and your loved ones may experience.
Keeping Your Indoor Air Quality In-Check
As a homeowner, there are a couple of things that you can do to help ensure that your indoor air quality stays at a relatively decent level. First and foremost, it’s best to up the type of air filter that you’re using in your heating system to ensure that it’s filtering out more airborne particles than normal. Second, invest in a home humidifier that will help to introduce necessary moisture into the air inside your home. This will go a long way in helping to make your body more comfortable and reduce the risk of spreading unwanted bacteria and other airborne pathogens.
Helpful Indoor Air Quality Service
CSL Climate Control Company offers helpful indoor air quality service for the entire Wheeling, IL, and surrounding area. We can also help with all your cooling, heating, ventilation, and commercial needs. Give our office a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled HVAC technicians.