Air quality has a huge impact on our health and quality of life. We don’t see all the particles in the air we breathe, and sometimes we don’t even smell them, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make a difference. We’re headed into fall, which means winter comes after. Winter in Charlotte means closed windows and possibly stale air recirculating through homes over and over again. You do not want the air you breathe all winter to be dirty. It’s not just unpleasant; it can make you sick every other week all winter and you wouldn’t even suspect it.

Many people don’t turn to air quality when they have health problems. They assume they are allergic to something or just being exposed to a bunch of germs outside the home, when their own home may be making them sick. In today’s blog, we want to share some important tips for keeping indoor air quality fresh and clean all winter long.

Don’t smoke indoors.

There are nasty air contaminants, and then there is cigarette smoke. It is one of the worst sources of indoor air pollution and contains over 4,000 harmful chemicals. Smoking inside your home, especially during the winter when the windows are closed, will be incredibly hard on your body and the bodies of anyone else who shares your home. We recommend you quit altogether, but if you cannot, go outside to smoke.

Toss synthetic fragrances.

They may smell great, but synthetic fragrances emit dozens of chemicals, some of the toxic and hazardous. These harmful chemicals will be listed under “fragrance” on the ingredient list, and most likely will have been derived from petroleum products that haven’t been tested for safety. This means the great smell you’re enjoying from your laundry detergent or bathroom cleaner could be harming your body. Again, this is especially hard on the body during winter, when there isn’t as much fresh air in the home. Here are some tips:

  • Use cleaners and detergents without artificial fragrances
  • Don’t use aerosols, including carpet cleaners, air fresheners, deodorants, and furniture polish
  • Crack a window every once in a while for some fresh air
  • Enhance the beauty of your home with some chemical-absorbing plants

Get your filters cleaned.

Your HVAC system plays a huge role in bringing fresh air into your home. As it pulls air through itself, special filters catch contaminants. These filters exist to protect the machinery as well as you. They can get really clogged up, especially during the summer, when more windows are open and letting dust in. Your whole HVAC system can get compromised, accumulating harmful piles of dust and contaminants that just get blown into your air every time the system turns on.

At James Brown Heating & Air Conditioning, we are proud to provide Charlotte with HVAC services that include changing out the air cleaners in your system. Cold weather is coming, and your HVAC system is going to be working hard. Help it keep you healthy when you contact us for filter changing and more today!

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