Winter has a tendency to make us spend more time at home, hunkered down under blankets with the heat cranked up or in front of a roaring fire.
Since winter leads us to spend so much time indoors, it’s an excellent time to think about the quality of the air we’re breathing.
Why Focus on Indoor Air Quality?
Older homes that have poor insulation or unsealed cracks can allow outdoor pollutants and irritants inside and reduce your home’s air quality. However, even those with new construction homes can be impacted by air quality concerns.
Today’s energy-efficient homes do a great job of keeping heated or cooled air from escaping, which lowers heating and cooling costs. Unfortunately, the air-tight nature of today’s homes also seals in dust, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria and any other pollutants found in your indoor air that originate inside the home.
These pollutants can affect your health, particularly if you or a family member have allergies, asthma or a fragile immune system.
Air Quality and Heating EfficiencyAir quality can also impact your home heating system. When airborne pollutants circulate throughout your home, they can accumulate on the coils of your home comfort system, causing a build-up that inhibits airflow and reduces the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner.
Options for Improving Your Home’s Air QualityOne way to improve your home’s air quality is by installing electronic air cleaners. For example, the Honeywell electronic air cleaner features three-stage filtration that traps and filters up to 98% of airborne pollutants that make their way through your heating and air conditioning system. This air cleaner is easy to maintain with washable air cleaner cells and optional technology that can remind you to wash the cells.
Ultraviolet lights are another way to improve air quality in your home. The UV technology effectively “zaps” any mold spores, bacteria or other live irritants, preventing them from recirculating through your home. A Honeywell UV air treatment system can kill up to 87% of the airborne bacteria that runs through your home heating and cooling system