There is no better way to get into the holiday season than by burning delicious candles while you enjoy hot cocoa by the fireplace; however, some of these holiday traditions can impact your home's air quality. During the holidays, your indoor air quality tries to keep up with the various scents in the air and pushes your HVAC system to work harder to provide the best indoor air quality for you and your guests.
You can do a few things to maintain indoor air quality this holiday season; here are five!
The holidays can be a time of year when the air in your home can become stale and stuffy. To help improve your indoor air quality during the holiday season, consider purchasing fragrant candles or scents to bring life into your home. Aromatic candles can add an inviting ambiance, while essential oil diffusers infuse the air with a light and soothing fragrance.
Some popular essential oils include peppermint, lavender, rosemary, and citrus. Burning candles or diffusing essential oils can be a great way to improve indoor air quality and bring joy into your home during the holidays!
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Increasing the natural airflow in your home can help reduce air pollutant concentrations. The best way to do this is by keeping your windows and doors open. If it’s too cold to do so, you may want to look into your HVAC system. Your heating and cooling system may already carry fresh air from outdoors.
You can circulate fresh air into your home through proper ventilation. Doing so will help eliminate the lingering scents you want to get rid of!
Clean Your Air Filters
Did you know that a standard HVAC system circulates over 1,000 cubic feet per minute of air through its filters? Imagine how many dirt particles it catches to defend your home from indoor air pollutants! Cleaning your air filters regularly will help you achieve excellent indoor air quality and save you costs in the future. With less dirt accumulating on your filter, your electricity bill will stay the same due to your unit not overworking itself.
Control Relative Humidity Levels
The relative humidity levels during the holidays can decrease 30-50 percent while using your heating system. Your air might be too dry on your skin with humidity as low as this. The drier your skin, the easier it is to trigger your allergies. By controlling your humidity, you are taking care of yourself and those around you!
Schedule An Annual Heating Tune-Up
Proper maintenance and heating tune-ups help decrease the potential of your heating system crashing. In addition, an unmaintained system can result in the accumulation of combustion byproducts and carbon monoxide in your home, which can be very harmful to you and your loved ones.
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