Do you know whether your indoor air is healthy and safe for you and your family to breathe?
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that the air outside their home is more likely to be unhealthy and full of pollutants and VOCs. But in fact, according to the EPA, the average home’s indoor air quality (often referred to as IAQ) is 2 to 5 times more concentrated by pollutants.
To make matters worse, IAQ issues can be at their worst in the winter. Are you suffering from any of the following symptoms in your home?
Irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
Headaches, dizziness, and fatigue
Shortness of breath, sinus congestion
If so, your indoor air quality could be to blame! Find out the role your home’s HVAC systems can play in the quality of your indoor air, and how a heating maintenance call can make a dramatic difference in your home.
Why Can Your Indoor Air Quality Be Worse in the Winter?
During Atlanta’s colder seasons, homeowners are more likely to have their windows shut and their homes closed up to prevent cooler outdoor air from getting inside and affecting indoor comfort. Because homes are more sealed off from the outdoors, furnace operation can create drier-than-normal air as well.
Combustion heating systems can be a source of pollutants, and as homeowners run their heating systems all winter long, there’s a higher risk of carbon monoxide leaks and air filtering issues. As a result, airborne contaminants like dust, pollen, and mold become trapped inside the home, which can explain why many homeowners notice that their houses are always dusty in the winter.
How Can You Improve Your In-Home Air Quality in the Winter?
Ventilation can make a big difference in indoor air quality, but when windows are closed for months at a time during the colder months, the condition of your home’s HVAC system becomes more and more important.
This is why, if you’re looking to ensure your indoor air is healthy and clean, you should also be making sure your equipment is clean by looking for HVAC cleaning services near you. Regular heating and AC maintenance and tune-ups can go a long way towards keeping your heating system running efficiently, and the better your furnace or boiler is running, the less likely that it will be negatively affecting the air you breathe.
Scheduled HVAC service consists of a series of inspections, as one of our heating and cooling professionals will run through a thorough HVAC maintenance checklist, ensuring you’ll have:
Clean and regularly changed air filters
Less risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
Efficient circulation of clean air throughout your home
Filter Your Dirty Air with HVAC Services from Anchor
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to suffer through stuffy, dusty, or unhealthy indoor air. For nearly 50 years, Anchor Heating & Air has been solving indoor air quality issues related to HVAC systems throughout the Metro Atlanta area, including Douglasville, Marietta, College Park, and more.