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Making Your Home’s Air More Breathable This Winter

Winter weather, in many areas, always seems to signal the beginning of the seasonal struggle to keep your house free of stale, damp air. Sadly, this air quality issue isn’t just confined to old homes; many new homes are built so airtight that they develop air quality issues too. There are a few ways that you can improve the air in your home this winter.

Don’t Add to the Problem

One of the ways that air quality in a home can worsen is from volatile organic compounds, chemicals, and dust. These things can build up in your home and make it smell bad or affect your family members’ allergies. Opt for natural cleaners instead of harsh chemicals to cut down on the chemical stink. Baking soda and vinegar, alone or together, can clean up just about any mess as well or better than most chemical sprays. Painting in your home can be done with low VOC paint to help cut down on this issue too.  If your home has carpets, make sure that you vacuum and clean out your vacuum’s filters regularly so that you don’t just keep blowing the same dust around. Also, use a damp cloth to dust surfaces in your home so that your air system doesn’t blow it around.

Clean the Air

While it’s a good idea to circulate the air in your home all year round, you’ll want to make sure that any air filters that you have in your system have been cleaned or replaced recently to avoid putting extra strain on the system and blowing dust through your ducts. To keep particles out of your duct...