Understanding Winter Air Quality Problems

There’s an incorrect idea out there that many have when thinking that cold air is safer because germs can’t thrive in freezing temperatures. This isn’t exactly true though.

In fact, cold winter air can be some of the lowest quality and dirty air and it even causes more pollution since most people aren’t thinking about air quality in the winter.

Types of Winter Air Pollution

Studies have shown that pollution rates are still high winter, especially here in the Northeast due in large part to the fact that sulfur, nitrogen oxides, and other pollutants are being released into the air and then sitting stagnant toward the ground where cold air gets trapped by warm air (temperature inversion).

Then there’s indoor air pollution that can also result as people are spending more time indoors with doors and windows sealed and mold and dust just floating through the air. Not just that, but with the fireplace and heaters going full force, the space might be warm but contaminants are also getting into the air.

Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality

To help keep the quality of air in your home high, be sure to keep products with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to minimal or no use and that you are cleaning and dusting and washing your hands regularly during these months to stay as healthy as possible. You should also never start your car to warm it up in a garage (even with the door open) as CO2 can make it’s way into the home much too easily to risk it.

Another way to improve indoor air quality is to use an air purification system or to have your home’s air ducts cleaned professionally. During this process, agitation tools are used to loosen up dirt and debris accumulation and specialized air pressure tools and vacuum hoses are used to remove those particles.

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