As the days get colder and darker, we tend to spend more time indoors. While this can make for great bonding time with family and loved ones, it can also mean being exposed to indoor air that might not be of the best quality. Everyone can benefit from improved air quality during the winter months, but it’s especially important if you or any of your family members have allergies, asthma, or restricted breathing due to lung or sinus conditions. Want some easy tips for improving your air quality this winter? Read on for some ideas.

Replace Furnace Filters

Dirty furnace filters are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to compromised air quality. Regularly check your filters and visually inspect them for dust, dirt, and other residue. Even if your filters seam clean, you should still replace them based on the manufacturer recommendations.

Have Your Ducts Cleaned

If your air ducts have become clogged or are just dirty, your indoor air quality can be greatly affected. If you’ve never had your air ducts cleaned or if you have just changed your filters and still detect smells or residue in the air, you may benefit from a duct cleaning by a professional.

Use the ‘Fan on” Mode on Your Thermostat

The default for most home-owners is to use the fan’s ‘auto’ function on their thermostat. This means the fan only turns on when the furnace kicks in. While this is a good way to save money, it’s not as effective in circulating clean air as keeping the fan on at all times. If you’ve noticed compromised air quality, it’s well worth the few extra dollars a month to use the fan more often.

Install a Home-Filtration System

Though whole-home air filtration systems may not be worth the cost for some families, those who have members with respiratory problems would certainly benefit from this added feature. A HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration system will keep your family breathing easy this winter and all year long.

Don’t let compromised indoor air quality ruin the wonderful times you can have indoor with your family and friends this winter season. Use the above tips to keep your air clean and ensure that your whole family is safe and healthy throughout the year.