Winter Comfort System Health Tips

Healthy Tips

In addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise, your environment affects your health. Your HVAC system is a critical component of your home's environment. Here are five ways to optimize it for better health.

  • Control Humidity: During winter, low humidity causes more than cracked skin. Your dried nose and throat can make you susceptible to colds. Installing a humidifier will address this but you need to ensure that you don't over humidify your home and end up an environment that's perfect for mold and pathogens to grow. Talk to a professional about the right humidity control for your home.
  • Keep the temperature right: In your attempts to save energy, lowering your home's setpoint may seem like a viable option. Just be careful not to lower it too much. Conversely, keeping the temperature too high affects your health as well as your pocketbook. Your ideal temperature varies from day (with ongoing activity at home) to night (lower temperatures improve sleep quality). A programmable thermostat will help keep your temperature just right throughout the day while a well- balanced air system will keep the temperature consistent throughout your home.
  • Adequate ventilation: Don't underestimate the importance of replacing stale, moist indoor air with fresh air from outside. Exhausting moist bathroom and kitchen air will reducehumidity issues, not only in these areas but throughout your house. Introducing fresh air prevents the buildup of carbon dioxide and other gases, some of which can cause long term health issues and are downright toxic. Installing an energy recovery ventilation system gives you the benefit of healthy, fresh air without the cost of higher energy consumption.
  • Remove allergens: Ventilation is a first step in reducing the allergens in your home. The right filtration for your furnace is another way to further limit the growth and buildup of mites, dust and other allergens. An air purifier will take your air quality to the next level as you further remove pathogens and other invisible enemies to your health.
  • Eliminate drafts: As part of maintaining your home's temperature, keeping it consistent throughout requires eliminating cold spots. This could involve upgrading your furnace to produce even more heat, sealing windows and doors or balancing air distribution. Consult a professional about the best option for your situation to keep your home's heat exactly where it needs to be.

If you're concerned about your HVAC system's ability to keep you and your family healthy this winter, give us a call (937) 898-HEAT.

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