Regulating air quality of your home is much easier in the summer. With the fluctuating temperatures it is easy enough to open the windows occasionally and let the fresh air inside. However, in the heart of winter, it is a dreadful prospect to let in the freezing winds. So, many homes stay shut and closed off to the outdoors for months at a time. This leads to poor air quality. Here are a few tips to freshen the air quality of your home.
Tips to Improving Indoor Air Quality this Winter
- Set the Thermostat: Set the thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night. The lower temperature, though a little chillier, is better for your sinuses. Your sinuses and throat is more relaxed and less irritated by the lower temperature. This is especially good for those who snore or breathe through their mouth.
- Open the windows…Briefly: In the summertime it is much easier to keep control of air quality. In the evenings when it is cooler, it is a simple matter of opening the windows. In the wintertime it is cold throughout the day and the furnace must run almost constantly. Despite this, it is important for your air quality to open the windows briefly to let that fresh air inside.
- Travel Tip: In the wintertime it is all too common that hotel rooms blast their heat and dry out their rooms. Take a damp towel and lay it on the heat register. This will disperse the moisture throughout the room. As the towel dries out, re-moisten the towel and you will keep the appropriate level of humidity in your air quality.
Take heed of this advice for the coming months. Come January or February, when the windows have been shut for over a month, take a moment and address the stale air and humidity concerns of your home. Also, when traveling for the holidays be sure not to allow that hot air to get to you. Air quality is incredibly important and can be taken care of with a little forethought.