Why Indoor Air Quality is Worse in Winter

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Here’s a question for all Westchester and Putnam County homeowners: did you know poor air quality in your home can affect your health? The fact is, the air you breathe indoors is greatly affected by what’s going on outdoors. And while each season poses its unique set of challenges to your nose, winter is perhaps the toughest of all.

When it’s cold, windows and doors tend to stay closed, trapping in dust and harmful airborne particles. Poor ventilation in the home can cause air pollution levels to rise. In addition, insulation and tight seals on doors and windows can prevent fresh outdoor air from circulating. The result? A buildup of chemicals, bacteria, mold, and mildew particles can contaminate indoor air, making it bad for your health — aggravating respiratory conditions like asthma, allergies and chronic lung diseases. It has even been linked to health problems like heart disease and stroke.

Robison to the Rescue!

The professionals at Robison are indoor air quality and home systems experts. We care about the health of all our clients and that’s why we’re offering you these simple steps to improve the air quality in your home this winter — and all year long:

  • Schedule regular HVAC maintenance with Robison: In addition to helping ensure that your air quality is high, regular maintenance helps reduce the risk of costly breakdowns and saves on energy bills.
  • Install a whole home air cleaner or purifier: Since not all air cleaners and purifiers are the same, count on Robison to assess your needs and professionally install a system that is fitted to the size of your home and the required level of filtration.
  • Check and/or change your air filter every 30 days: Write the date of replacement on the filter.
  • Be sure all ducts and vents are well maintained: A Robison professional will inspect your air ducts to determine the extent of cleaning that is needed. They will also look for any cracks or leaks that may cause problems during cleaning.
  • Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to help ventilate your indoor air.
  • Check for moisture concerns: If you see signs of mold or mildew, call Robison for an assessment and to address any areas of concern.
  • Clean and dust your home frequently: Homes get very dusty in the winter because the air is so warm and dry. Keep dust at a minimum to maximize air quality.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms give early warning of danger and are the most important ways to prevent fatal fires and CO poisoning. Smoke alarms give early warning of danger and are the single most important way to prevent fatal fires.

Call Robison today for a free consultation on how we can help improve your home’s indoor air quality. With today’s HVAC technologies, we’ll have your home systems running at peak efficiency to save you money and protect the well-being of you and your family.  To learn more, contact us today!

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