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Home Winterization and Your Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Thu, Dec 22, 2011

drafts winterize lgIn the great race to deck our halls and dress our homes for the holidays, it’s easy to overlook how much money we might be wasting, and the dirty air we might be breathing by ignoring some simple winterization, and air filtration secrets.  

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors during the winter.  Since indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than the outdoors, we can be allowing an unhealthy amount of pollutants to unnecessarily remain in the home.

While these statistics can be seriously unsettling, it’s important to remember that, despite the “dirty” talk, there are ways to keep your family safe and warm this season; and more energy efficient.

Fact is the harm of unhealthy air is easily avoidable; it’s simply a matter of awareness and proactive efforts. These quick energy saving tips along with a sound air filtration/ventilation system will keep you breathing easy this season:

Preseason maintenance

Heating and cooling equipment “requires” yearly maintenance.  Dirty filters can quickly restrict airflow and increase your home’s energy demand.  Having your equipment cleaned and checked annually will lower your utility cost and extend the life of your equipment.

Ventilate

Air filtration/ventilation systems that has a MERV rating of at least 10 will ensure clean air is coming into your home without unwanted particles from the outdoors, and it will also ensure you’re not breathing the same stale air.

Keep your vents clear

Drapes, furniture or any other blockages will restrict airflow throughout the house. Keeping them clear will avoid running your heating system longer than it needs to.

Weather strip doors and windows

Compensating for drafty doors can account for 5 to 30 percent of your energy use in the winter.  Again, it’s OK to have your home tightly insulated if you own an air filtration/ventilation system. Keep unfiltered outdoor air from entering your home, and let the RecoupAerator® cycle in fresh, filtered air for your family to breathe!

Block even the littlest leaks

The average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall. The RecoupAerator’s WarmFlo Defrost System gives homeowners peace of mind that there home can be tightly insulated AND have clean, healthy air to breathe during cold winter months.

Standards for environmental efficiency have ushered in a global consciousness for clean air and energy savings; and homeowners and builders across the globe are paying attention. The goal, successfully saving money in heating and cooling costs while improving indoor air quality – keeping all your holidays safe, healthy, and warm.