The 4 Major Air Quality Dangers You May Face This Winter!
Winter is here in Charlotte and with it comes the freezing temps and cool evenings. You’ve probably already cranked up your furnace and maybe even your fireplace to stay warm inside. Everybody loves being cozy within their home, and why not, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. That said, all the time you spend inside shouldn’t affect your respiratory health.
At Prime Comfort, we believe home and business owners should never have to compromise their air for their comfort. That’s why we dedicated this blog to how your fireplace and furnace can affect your indoor air quality in a negative way, and what you can do to counteract that negativity! After reading this blog, you’ll be able to stay warm and breathe clean air inside your home all winter long.
Wood Smoke And Fine Particles
If you use your fireplace often you must make sure your ventilation in your home works properly and the guard over your fireplace is safe. Fine wood particles that are nearly microscopic can become loose when burning wood and if inhaled can damage your lungs. These particles can cause a cough, headache, irritated eyes, and more. Children with asthma could struggle more than others, and the elderly have more severe symptoms. A study by the California Air Resources Board linked wood smoke to a 10% increase in hospital admissions for respiratory problems.
Fireplace smoke contains carbon monoxide which is damaging when breathed because it decreases the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream. If your chimney gets blocked even a little, there could be a back-flow of smoke. Any smoke that doesn’t make it out of your home should be accounted for by a strong HVAC system and dependable IAQ products.
Unfiltered Draw From The Outdoors
The fire in the fireplace creates a pressure discrepancy in your home. The pressure is created through the chimney draft which lets unfiltered air enter your home. If there are any air leaks they’ll be worse once you start using your fireplace. All the air that comes inside will be unfiltered and possibly full of pollutants and air particles.
When your immune system is already weak due to cold weather, unfiltered air with pollutants and viruses can make your system worse. You can have your home checked for air leaks by an HVAC professional that will provide you with the proper products to take care of indoor air pollutants.
Dirty Air Filters
The air filters in your HVAC system are the first line of defense your system has against indoor air pollutants. The longer the air filter is inside your system, the dirtier it is, and the worse it will be at catching air particles. Changing your dirty air filters is an absolute necessity when it comes to owning an HVAC and having clean air.
Changing your air filters has multiple benefits that range from health, HVAC efficiency, and overall happiness. Check for MERV ratings to help gauge the effectiveness of the filter you are interested in purchasing.
Your furnace runs on either natural gas, propane or oil. The burning of these fuels produces carbon monoxide gas, which is filtered out of your home. It is important that you take precautions against any failure to properly vent that gas outside of your home. Because the gas is colorless and odorless it is hard to pick up without a proper detector. Considering the dangerous nature of the gas it’s important you always keep your carbon monoxide detector fully charged and ready to detect.
Technology has improved allowing modern furnaces to be better at filtering out carbon monoxide, utilizing fuel properly, and safeguarding your home. If you’re in the market for a new furnace make sure you do a lot of research to find out how safe and efficient your furnace is!
Stay Warm & Breathe Easy With Prime Comfort!
Prime Comfort is always ready to help the people of Charlotte stay comfortable in their home. For the winter season or job is to keep you warm when it’s cold outside. That means doing everything from providing quality heating systems, services, and in this case knowledge.
It is our hope that with this blog we can help you understand the relationship between staying warm in your home, and the quality of the air you are breathing. We are always ready to serve you, so if you have any more questions regarding the air in your home this winter, contact us today!