Living in a colder region like Minneapolis, MN, it is comforting to know that your home is very air-tight. You are reassured knowing that you are getting the most out of your heating budget because that precious warm air remains inside your home, but you might be overlooking another vital fact. Pollutants are also being trapped in your home, and that is not a good sign for your indoor air quality or your health.
It is not uncommon for residents to begin experiencing more allergies, asthma, and other breathing issues as winter drags on. The reason for this is an increase in the particles and contamination in the indoor air. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can address the issue of poor air quality in your home or office. And the team at Blue Ox Heating And Air is here to assist you in any way that we can.
Removing as much dust and pet dander as possible is essential in increasing your home’s air quality. Vacuuming carpets once or twice a week is only the beginning. The vacuum should have a HEPA filter for the best cleaning, and opting for hard surfaces rather than carpet is also a good choice. Regularly wash all curtains, drapes, and bedding to eliminate surface allergens and dust accumulation. Vacuum fabric or upholstery furniture frequently as well, and reduce clutter on hard surfaces that will accumulate dust and make cleaning more time-consuming.
Keep Plants Outdoors
While house plants can be beautiful, they often add to the air quality issues in your home. The damp soil often contributes mold spores to the air as well as some forms of pollen. Even if you have been told that plants help clean the air, indoor plants create more problems than the benefits they might offer.
Changing your furnace filters regularly is a must for healthy air in your home. On average, it is recommended that you inspect your filters monthly and replace them as needed. This simple process will increase your home’s air quality and eliminate unnecessary stress that dirty air filters place on an HVAC system.
Let In Fresh Air
It might sound counterintuitive to open the windows or doors in the winter, but fresh air is needed indoors throughout the year. Choose the time that you air out your home wisely by consulting the local Air Quality Index.
Invest In An Air Purifier
Many types of air purification devices can be added to your home’s HVAC system. The Blue Ox team has years of experience helping clients select the purification system to best meet their needs. We have a unit that will work for you, from removing allergens and airborne health concerns to eliminating dust and pet dander.
To learn more about improving the air quality in your home, call 952-209-9329 to speak to one of our pros. We can help you select filter upgrades and provide price quotes for various air purification systems that will meet your needs and budget.