How Heating Impacts Indoor Air Quality

A heater can have a drastic impact on the quality of your Hendersonville home’s indoor air, which can contribute to comfort levels in ways that have nothing to do with the temperature. A good heater will provide a warm, cozy environment for your household, but it will also ensure that indoor air quality remains high. Here’s how heating impacts air quality.

The biggest issue is one of higher dust amounts entering into the air through the heating system. Furnaces operate through “forced air” systems: that is, they blow hot air into your home through a system of ducts. If dust and dirt build up in either the furnace or the ducts, they will pass into your home when the heater runs. In the process, they will exacerbate allergies, increase nose and throat irritation, and generally lower the quality of air in the home. The solution is to schedule regular maintenance sessions to clean the dust off of your heater, and possibly a duct cleaning session as well, depending on the source of the dust. You can aid in this process by regularly changing the air filters on your heater or installing a separate air filtration system.

This comes on top of a general lack of humidity in the air during the winter months. Cold temperatures breed dry air, and when you raise the temperature inside your house, it lowers the relative humidity. That can result in dry skin, mild respiratory issues and even nosebleeds if they air is dry enough. Ideally, you want the relative humidity to be between 40 and 50 percent, which you can obtain with a humidifier used in conjunction with your heater.

If you are having issues with your air quality, then call upon Comfort Central for help. We treat Hendersonville heating issues of all varieties and can schedule a maintenance session to keep your household free of dust and allergens. We can also discuss other options, including upgrades to your system and installing a new system if you need it. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

 

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