Winter Is a Good Time to Schedule an Indoor Air Quality Report

The time of the year that most people associate with a decline in indoor air quality is the spring. After all, this is “allergy season,” when the pollen count starts to rise. We advise that households with people who have allergy or asthma problems arrange for an indoor air quality report to find out if there are issues in the air, such as particulates and volatile organic compounds.

However, this isn’t a job that you should limit to scheduling during spring. Winter conditions can have a high negative impact on indoor air quality as well, and now may be the right season to find out what’s floating around in the air of your house.

Why winter can make IAQ worse

The modern home is designed to maintain high energy efficiency during cold weather by trapping as much heat inside as possible. Homeowners make special efforts to seal up cracks around windows and doors where the heat may slip out, and to improve the home’s insulation. These are all important steps to take, but there is a trade-off when it comes to air quality: very little fresh air can get inside the house, and as a result the indoor concentration of pollutants and allergens increases.

Many of the threats to your indoor air quality during winter come from inside the house itself, rather than outdoor particles. Building materials often contain volatile organic compounds. Household tasks like painting, varnishing, sanding, and using adhesives release fumes and chemicals. Cleaning and personal care products also give off pollutants. If you use natural gas in your house, there’s the additional danger of a rise in the concentration of unhealthy combustion products.

We can help you deal with these problems with our various indoor air quality services, such as the installation air filters and UV germicidal lights. But first we need to know what’s actually in your air. We work with AirAdvice, an independent third party, to analyze indoor air and find out what issues need to be addressed.

Call Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing in Nashville, TN today to arrange for an indoor air quality report.

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