Tips for Improving Your Home's Air Quality During Cold, Winter Months

If you are concerned about your home's air quality during the cold months of winter, then you will be pleased to know that there are many simple things you can do to greatly improve it. By taking certain steps to prevent dirt and other allergens from entering your home, and then taking steps to remove things that make their way inside, you can have clean and healthy air in your home. 

Follow these tips to improve the air quality in your home this winter season:

Tip 1: Ask Smokers to Step Outside to Smoke

Since the air in your home continually circulates through its heating system when it is cold outdoors, it is important that any smokers who visit your home only smoke outside. If you let people smoke inside of your home, then the chemicals in the smoke will blow through your heating system and continually coat surfaces within your house. By always smoking outside, you can completely eliminate this source of chemical contamination and as an added bonus your home will smell fresher as well. 

Tip 2: Use Carpets and Rugs Strategically to Keep Dirt Out of Your Family's Home

Even though carpets and rugs tend to trap dirt and allergens, you should not completely stop using them in your home. Instead, you should use them strategically to catch contaminants before they can enter your home's living spaces. You can do this by placing small rugs at all of the entrances to your house. Place sisal fiber doormats outside of the doors to catch the majority of the dirt and mud. Inside each door, place a small, washable rug on the floor to catch any dirt that was not removed on the outside rug. You can further prevent dirt from getting into your house by asking visitors to remove their shoes before entering.

Tip 3: Replace Your Furnace Filter with a HEPA Filter

Finally, when it is cold outside and you have to continually run your home's forced-air heater to stay warm, it will naturally blow around dust, pollen, and other allergens. To remove the majority of these small particles from your home's air, replace your home's standard furnace filter with a specialized HEPA filter. HEPA filters are designed to remove even the smallest particles from the air. To remove even more dust and dirt, always vacuum your home with a vacuum cleaner that has its own HEPA filter installed.