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How to Boost IAQ During the Winter Months

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Even though the area of Garland, Texas, has a warm climate, indoor air quality (IAQ) can still become an issue in the winter months as windows continue to stay closed, limiting your family’s fresh air inside. There are many simple things you can do to boost the IAQ in your home during the winter.

Identify Indoor Air Pollution

Eliminating sources of indoor air pollution is a great first step to boost IAQ. Some common culprits include dust, pet dander, pollen, excess moisture from showers or cooking, and smoke and fumes from fireplaces and gas appliances.

Improve Spot Ventilation

Gas appliances and taking shows all impact indoor air pollution. Fans in your kitchen and bathrooms can reduce humidity and remove smoke from the environment.

Keeping humidity and air pollutants out of the environment is easier when the ducts in your home are sealed properly to make sure the humidity and air pollutants aren’t escaping from the ducts within your home.

Replace HVAC Air Filters

Heating and air conditioning systems keep your home climate comfortable, and maintaining these systems can improve your home’s IAQ. Installing a high-quality air filter on your central heating and cooling system will keep it operating efficiently. In addition, replacing it every one to three months will help to keep the circulating air clean.

Maintain Your Furnace

While furnaces may be turned on for only a couple of months a year in the Texas climate, it is still important to monitor your furnace’s operation to manage your IAQ. A malfunctioning furnace may emit burning smells from the vents or thin, dry air that makes breathing difficult. Having a properly functioning furnace is the first step toward a comfortable indoor temperature and improved air quality in your home.

Boost your indoor air quality with professional maintenance by contacting Willard Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at 972-564-9785 for service from one of our experienced technicians.

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