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Winter IAQ Alert: Getting Comfy Cozy in Bad Indoor Air

In winter, folks are spending more time indoors staying warm. But that comfy cozy feeling could be coming at a cost.

Think of all of the things happening inside your home. You've got a fire going, the heat's on, a pot of chili on the stove. You brought the dogs in because it's too cold outside. Maybe you're spending time on some hobbies - using the glue gun or painting. Not only that, if your family has had colds or the flu, you've got germs. Everything that is taking place has the potential to compromise the quality of your indoor air.

With the energy-efficient building practices common today, homes are designed to be airtight. In wintertime, homes may be even more tightly sealed to keep out drafts. That means pollutants entering a home through ordinary activities often stay in the home, only to be breathed in by the family.

The EPA points to a variety of sources for indoor air pollution, including:

  • Combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood and tobacco products
  • Building materials and furnishings, including cabinetry or furniture made of pressed wood
  • Products for household cleaning, personal care or hobbies
  • Central heating and cooling systems
  • Outdoor sources such as radon and pesticides
  • Animal dander from pets, which can aggravate allergies and asthma

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a very serious concern in wintertime. This odorless, colorless and toxic gas can be produced by faulty gas furnaces and water heaters, among other combustion sources. You do not want this gas in your home undetected.

For peace of mind on any of these pollutants, homeowners should have a professional look at the air they're breathing. For more information about our Indoor Air Analysis visit us online today.