As the brisk winds and chilly temperatures of winter settle in, residents and businesses alike turn up the heat to stay comfortable. However, the warmth and coziness inside may come with a downside: poor indoor air quality. As one of the leading HVAC contractors, Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning provides insights on mitigating this common household issue.
Understanding Indoor Air Pollutants
During winter, we often keep our windows and doors shut to maintain a warm environment, which can lead to a buildup of airborne pollutants. Heating systems such as wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and heaters can become sources of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particles when not well maintained. Insulation materials, household cleaners, hobby activities, and even our beloved pets contribute to indoor air pollution by releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), allergens, and dander.
How to Prevent Poor Indoor Air Quality
One effective strategy for enhancing air quality in heating and cooling systems is source control. This involves identifying and mitigating the origins of indoor air pollutants. Regular maintenance of heating systems is paramount to ensuring they are operating efficiently and not emitting hazardous pollutants.
Introducing fresh air into a space can also drastically reduce the pollutant levels in the air. Simple acts like opening a window on milder days or using an exhaust fan can make a significant difference. When undertaking activities that generate high levels of pollutants, such as painting or soldering, proper ventilation is critical.
Another approach to improving air quality is through the use of air-cleaning devices. Air purifiers can capture particulate matter, but investing in activated carbon filters also absorbs gases and odors. In commercial settings, advanced air purification systems can be implemented to cycle and clean the air efficiently, ensuring a healthier breathing environment for occupants.
Regular HVAC System Maintenance
Winter is the HVAC system’s time to shine, but it also means it’s working overtime, which can affect air quality. Regular inspections and timely furnace repairs should be on your winter preparation list. Replacing dirty filters and ensuring the system’s clean operation are simple ways to contribute to better indoor air quality.
Reach Out to Schmitt Today
Addressing indoor air quality requires a combination of methods tailored to the specific challenges posed by the winter months. At Schmitt, we offer expert services and take into account the uniqueness of each situation to provide the best solutions for maintaining excellent indoor air quality throughout the cold season in San Francisco. Whether you need commercial HVAC repair or residential heating maintenance, call us today at (415) 689-7849 or fill out our contact form.