Good indoor air quality is critical both at home and in the business environment. According to the EPA, indoor air quality is 5X more polluted than outdoor air, but it gets particularly worse in the winter months.
Poor indoor air quality is linked with poor health, more employee sick days, and therefore lost productivity and efficiency. These outcomes can be magnified in the winter months and here’s a look at why.
Why Indoor Air Quality is Worse In the Winter Weather
There are actually several different reasons why air indoor quality is worse during the winter months.
One cause of poor air quality during the winter months is due to various heating sources like oil, gas, kerosene, coal and so on. In some cases, these can introduce pollutants into the air and this is especially true if appliances aren’t regularly maintained.
More Insulation – Winterization
Another cause of poor air quality in the winter months is due to the increase in insulation.
Not only is there a decrease in ventilation due to the fact that your home or business is more insulated during the colder months, but you are also a lot less likely to open your windows during the winter months due to the cold temperatures.
Therefore, it’s important to regularly maintain your appliances to ensure that they don’t emit excessive indoor pollution.
People make an effort to decrease all possible drafts that could be coming in around doors, windows and so on in order to increase their comfort levels and to decrease heating bills.
For example, they may apply weatherstripping and so on.
While all of these strategies are great in terms of energy efficiency and comfort, there is also a trade off.
The result is that various contaminants like dust, bacteria and viruses have less of a chance to escape. The result is that they end up building up in the home or business. Not only do they build up but they can multiply as well.
The same is true for the ventilation that could come from the use of the air conditioner. Both have an effect on air quality during the winter.
Changing your custom made filters regularly, however, can help to counteract the effects of decreased ventilation.
It’s important to change your custom made filters regularly, especially during the winter months. Air purifiers can also be beneficial.
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