As the cold season sets in, people concerned with indoor air quality may well ask, “How can an air purifier help you in winter?” Certainly, seasonal pollen and other natural allergens, as well as dust and airborne outdoor particulates, can infiltrate a home in summer. However, winter also presents certain challenges to a healthy indoor air quality. Air purifiers provide a worthy, full-season option to improve the home environment.
What’s Wrong with Winter Air?
During winter, specific issues may impact indoor living conditions, including:
- Reduced ventilation. Windows and doors are typically kept closed to keep out cold winter air that raises heating costs. This enclosed indoor environment tends to accumulate airborne particulates, as well as odors and chemical vapors, that are not diluted due to the lack of fresh air circulation.
- More exposure. Most people spend more hours indoors in winter than during other seasons. That means whatever’s present in the indoor air will be inhaled for longer hours and in greater quantity every day.
- Season-specific pollutants. Certain indoor airborne contaminants tend to be winter related. Smoke and particulates released by fireplaces and gas heaters may accumulate in the house. Mold contamination also thrives indoors during winter, releasing airborne spores that trigger allergic reactions.
How Can an Air Purifier Help You in Winter?
- An air purifier combines filtration with a dedicated powered fan that can operate continuously, completely independent of the on/off cycles of the home HVAC system.
- Many purifier models offer HEPA-grade filtration. HEPA removes up to 99.97% of airborne particulates, which is more efficient than the typical filtration in a standard HVAC system.
- The newest technology in air purifiers is advanced bipolar ionization technology that is proven safe and effective for continuous use.
For questions like “What is the best option for my indoor air quality needs?”, the HVAC pros at Jackson & Sons are ready with answers and solutions to make your indoor environment healthier and more efficient during the cold season.Winterizing Your Commercial HVAC System? Here’s How » « Buying a New Furnace: When Is the Right Time?