Outside your home, the November autumn air in Ajax, Oshawa, or Pickering is crisp, cool, and clean.
However, inside your house, the air may feel dry, stale, and abrasive. So you might be asking “why is the air in my house so dry?”
That poor indoor air quality could be due to things like:
- Pollen and various allergens coming in through open doors, windows, etc.
- Mould from wet and decomposing grass and leaves
- Excessive dust (especially if you’re spending more time indoors now)
If you (or anyone living in your house) suffer from allergies or breathing issues, then November might not be the best month for your lungs.
That said, there are dry air solutions available from Advantage Airtech ClimateCare – as well as some you can implement yourself – to drastically improve your home’s air quality.
Install a dry air humidifier
Many homeowners put off looking for dry air solutions until the effects are too problematic to ignore:
- Dry skin, nose, and throat
- Difficulty sleeping
- Furniture damage (cracking or fading)
A new furnace humidifier can solve those issues.
In winter, your furnace is a must-have appliance. Running it can drop the relative humidity levels in your home to approximately 10% (this is bad).
By adding moisture to the indoor air flow of your home, you can increase the relative humidity level to around 40% (this is good).
For this dry air solution to be effective, two things are required:
- Moisture source: Water that’s collected when humidity levels in your home drop
- Delivery method: Usually evaporator pads which send the moisture back into the air stream
One last thing: With a furnace humidifier, not only will you boost air quality, but you can also save between $10-$15/month on your home heating bills.
Replace the air filter in your furnace
When was the last time you changed the air filtration system inside your furnace?
If it’s been a while, an easy dry air solution for your home is to swap out the old, dirty filter inside your furnace for a new one.
Over time, allergens become trapped in the air filter:
- Pet dander
When your furnace circulates warm air throughout your home (because in essence, that’s its job), it’s also spreading those pollutants too.
Eventually, those irritants will make it inside your lungs or on your skin.
It’s not a complicated dry are in-house solution, but regular furnace air filter maintenance will instantly improve the comfort levels inside your home.
Get your air ducts cleaned
Earlier in this blog, we talked about contaminants in your furnace air filter.
Another place where contaminants can form is inside your home’s duct work.
The most common culprit is water leakage originating within the ducts. That water pools and eventually becomes a source of mould growth.
When your furnace is active, mould spores are blown throughout your home.
Another issue is that insects tend to live, nest and die inside your air ducts (yuck!).
And just like any other animal, bugs do leave waste. In this case, it’s light enough to become airborne and cause allergic reactions.
Regular duct cleaning is a dry air solution that mitigates this problem by removing any unsanitary or unhealthy material that can compromise the ductwork itself; not to mention the air quality of your home itself.
Dry air solutions you can do yourself
With some simple changes, you can quickly implement your own dry air in house solutions:
- Change bedsheets frequently: You can also put allergy-proof linens on your pillows and beds
- Turn the temperature down: Ideally, your home should be around 21°C
- Use a HEPA filter: HEPA filters are excellent at trapping pollen, dander, mites, dust and even tobacco smoke
- Place air filtering plants in your home: English ivy. Peace lilies. Chrysanthemums. These plants absorb harmful things like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and even ammonia.
- Open the windows for a few minutes each day: This helps with ventilation as stale, dry air inside your home is replace by fresh, clean air outside.
Contact us for all your dry air solutions
If – no matter what you do – the air in your home still is dry and stuffy – it may be time to contact us.
We’ll come to you, identify what’s causing the dry air and come up with a solution so you can breathe easy again.
Don’t wait any longer. Tell us what’s going on