With fall now upon us in Olympia, WA, cooler temperatures are here to stay. This transition from one season to another most definitely affects your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). And your IAQ directly affects your comfort in your home. In cooler weather, people tend to spend more time indoors at home, so it’s important to be sure your IAQ is protected, keeping both you and your home protected.
How Is IAQ Affected in the Fall?
Think about it. Your home’s indoor air is a composite of many sources: the outdoor air that comes through your open windows, the dander from your pets, the air in your basement that flows through your furnace, the harsh chemicals you may use in your cleaning products, the mold spores existing in the crawlspace beneath your house, just to name a few. In the warmer months, the open windows allows fresh air in on a regular basis, diluting the stale air in your home, and your air conditioner is keeping your home’s humidity in check. When the windows close and the air conditioner is turned off for the season, these good effects disappear until next year.
Now the air that’s in your home simply circulates, and all those composites and particles in the home stay there. The humidity decreases, causing your body’s membranes and nasal passages to dry out, inviting harmful bacteria and viruses in. Drier air also wreaks havoc on allergy and asthma sufferers. This is all a recipe for health issues.
What You Can Do to Improve Your Home’s IAQ
In the cooler months with the windows continually closed and furnaces switched on, you need to take additional steps to protect the air you breathe in your home. You can prevent or lessen the possibility of some of the health concerns above by following these recommendations:
There are so many things to enjoy about fall. Be sure your home’s IAQ is protected to keep you healthy and comfortable, so you’re able to enjoy fall’s pickings. Call Pacific Air Heating & Air Conditioning at 360-357-4328 to discuss how we can help you improve your home’s indoor air quality.