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Why Winter Can Be Rough for Your Indoor Air Quality

winter-sceneWe offer many home comfort solutions to our customers, and people often think about quality heating and air conditioning first when it comes to comfort. But we’re also focused on providing the best indoor air quality to our customers, and IAQ is critical not only for comfort, but also for health. Better indoor air quality is part of our larger goal to provide “Quality Service for Quality Living!”

Winter: The Danger Zone for Indoor Air Quality in Washington

We often bring up indoor air quality services during winter because this is the season when homes are most likely to see a drop in the quality of the air circulating through them. Pollutants, humidity imbalances, illness-causing microbes, etc. can make winter much less enjoyable for everybody in a household. Why is this?

There are a few causes of a decline in IAQ in winter, but the main one is that homes are most tightly shut against the outdoors during this time of year. Nobody wants to have doors and windows open up during cold days and night just so they can get some fresh air—especially if it’s raining outside, as it often is in Seattle. Modern homes are designed to have tight seals against the outside weather when windows and doors are closed, and homeowners make sure to caulk windows and put weather-stripping on doors to prevent drafts and to ensure the heating system runs at maximum efficiency.

The problem is that a sealed environment will trap many pollutants and contaminants indoors with no way to escape to the outside or be swept out through fresh air currents. Numerous pollutants come from indoor sources such as cleaning supplies, hobby materials, building materials, cooking, etc. There are also viruses, germs, and bacteria that will build up indoors. Humidity levels can also become imbalanced, making the home too stuffy or too dry.

What Can Be Done During the Winter Anti-Indoor Air Quality Offensive

To improve your home’s indoor air quality in Bellevue, WA and the surrounding areas, you can turn to our IAQ professionals. We have experience, skill, and the products necessary to make life indoors during winter more pleasant and healthier.

  • UV air purifiers are one of the best ways to defeat the many illness-causing pollutants that may circulate through a house. Winter is associated with nasty colds, flus, and general “ickiness.” But a UV air purifier inside the HVAC system eliminates the organic pollutants behind these illnesses, and does so without putting any chemicals into the air.
  • Air cleaners can handle many other types of contaminants, such as volatile organic compounds, smoke, pesticides, chemicals, dust mites, and more. We strongly recommend the Air Scrubber Plus for great indoor air quality.
  • For balancing humidity so it’s neither too humid nor too dry, we advise looking into whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers. These are far more powerful and precise than the portable versions. Balanced humidity will remove strain on the heating system as well.

S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling offers “Quality Service for Quality Living” in the Bellevue Area. Talk to us today about our indoor air quality services!

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