As you read this, the holidays are approaching which means it’s likely cold or even VERY cold outside. Thanks to a wonderful heating system and a sealed Waterford, MI home you are comfortable despite the deep freeze outside. Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing knows that’s a good thing, but there are some drawbacks. Indoor air quality (IAQ) can suffer during the winter because there’s very little fresh air coming into the house.
Here’s the problem
Lack of fresh air equals stale indoor air and heating systems that circulate allergy-inducing dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores through your house. For people who are sensitive to allergens or have respiratory problems can have a much more difficult time during winter.
It’s a serious problem
One reason for concern is that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, either at home or at work. Now consider these important facts:
- The EPA says inside air can be two to five times more polluted than outside air.
- That’s why the agency has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.
- Some medical authorities say 50% of all illnesses are caused or made worse by poor indoor air quality.
- Respiratory specialists say asthma cases can be reduced by more than half if contaminants such as dust mites are properly controlled.
Improving ventilation is key
Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about some solutions. First, fresh air is vital, but ventilation is difficult in modern homes built tightly to increase energy efficiency. Improving indoor air quality can be as simple as opening windows when weather allows, but that’s not going to happen very often during a Waterford, MI winter. Kotz can show you HVAC accessories built to increase ventilation and fresh air while not compromising energy efficiency.
Filtration & purification
Using the proper filters will improve indoor air quality by removing many allergens before your heating system can spread them throughout the house. High quality filters will trap more and smaller particles including dust mites. Always check with your technician to determine which filter is best. Filters that are too dense can damage HVAC systems. While filters remove particles, they don’t scrub the air. Purifiers are designed to kill some viruses & bacteria and neutralize volatile organic compounds.
Ready to help
This winter is a great time to improve your family’s health and quality of life by improving indoor air quality. Call Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today to learn more about ventilation, filtration, and purification options for your Waterford, MI home. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.