When winter hits, most Canadians prefer to keep the chill outside — meaning doors and windows are kept tightly shut. And while this is great for keeping a warm, cozy house, it can wreak havoc on your indoor air quality.
If you suffer from winter allergies, you know how important indoor air quality is to keeping sinuses clear. You don’t want to be popping antihistamines all day long, but it’s also not feasible to keep windows open when it’s -30 C out there.
So, what’s the solution? Read on for our top tips to improving indoor air quality in the winter.
- Be vigilant with your cleaning.
In the winter, common allergens like dust and pet hair can pile up all the more easily. And with windows closed, they have no place to go. Vacuum and dust regularly to keep them at bay. Using natural, non-toxic cleaning products (such as vinegar and eucalyptus essential oil) can also help as it won’t leave a lingering chemical scent. Washing bedding and blankets frequently will also help.
- Grow a green thumb.
We’ve written before about how plants can improve indoor air quality: http://homebridgecanada.com/green-space-plants-for-indoor-air-quality/. If you still haven’t hopped on the green bandwagon, now could be the time to start. Plants are natural air purifiers and can help you breathe better.
- Check the humidity.
Winter weather can be drying, which leaves sinuses vulnerable. Running a humidifier can help inject moisture back into the air. Whole-home humidifiers have other benefits, too, as we outlined on a recent blog: http://homebridgecanada.com/winter-indoor-air-quality-the-benefits-of-a-humidifier/
- Use fans and crack open the windows once a week.
We’re not saying open the windows in -30 C weather. But if there’s a milder day during the week, opening the windows even for 30 minutes to an hour and running a fan can help air out your house — and in turn boost your indoor air quality.
- Use essential oil diffusers.
Some essential oils, such as eucalyptus essential oil, are known for their sinus-clearing effects. Running a diffuser can help improve indoor respiration naturally and aid with winter allergies.
- Clean your heating and air conditioning system.
Of course, no amount of essential oil diffusers, cleaning, and window opening can help if your furnace is blowing dusty air through your house. Combat this problem by replacing your furnace filters regularly. Your furnace filters are working extra hard in the winter and may need to be replaced more often. Check your vents and give them a thorough cleaning, too.
HomeBridge Canada can help replace your furnace filters or install a whole-home humidifier. If you’d rather be cooped up than stuffed up, call us today to learn more about improving your indoor air quality with service you can trust.
Reach us at 1-866-876-9986 or visit www.homebridgecanada.com.