Kids running in house enjoying high quality indoor air. Winter in Massachusetts can be difficult. Along with bitter cold temperatures, blizzards, ice storms, and other weather hazards, homeowners also have to deal with cold and flu viruses that run rampant during the cold months. It’s enough to make you want to stay indoors, crank up the heat, and hibernate until spring.

Did you know that closing up our homes to keep cold weather out traps airborne allergens and pollutants inside, which could negatively impact our indoor air quality and health? While it’s a good idea to crack open a window every so often to let in the fresh air, long cold stretches don’t always make that possible.

Here are some easy ways to improve your indoor air quality:

Keep an eye on humidity levels
Running your heating system can dry out indoor air, causing dry skin, sore throats, and a host of other problems. Using a humidifier can help combat these issues, but be sure to watch your humidity levels. Too much moisture in the air can spur the growth of mold and other allergens. Keep humidity levels in the 30%-35% range to stay comfortable and healthy.

Clean regularly
Dusting and vacuuming on a regular basis helps reduce mold, pollen, dust, and dander buildup. It’s also helpful to steam clean carpets and wash window curtains seasonally to eliminate embedded allergens.

Add plants to your home
Air-filtering plants, like Peace Lilies, English Ivy, and Chrysanthemums, will help reduce airborne toxins. Be aware that some plants are toxic to pets! Check with your florist or vet to make sure that the plant you choose is safe for your home.

Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up
Your heating system’s filters do a great job eliminating debris and dust from air that passes through the vents, but eventually they will need to be changed. During your annual tune-up, your Genove Oil & Air technician will clean or replace your filter to allow clean air to filter through properly.

Contact your local energy experts at Genove Oil & Air for more air quality improvement ideas or to schedule service today!