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Although the winters in Santa Barbara don’t get extremely cold, the months of January and February can experience temperatures in the low 60s. During this period, you’ll want to keep all your windows and doors closed in order to prevent heat from escaping. However, this can drastically reduce the quality of your indoor air as fresh air isn’t allowed to enter. Here are four tips for increasing your home’s indoor air quality this winter.

1. Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Even though you have your windows closed, there is still dust, debris, and pet dander floating around your home. Your air filter is probably doing a good job of filtering out a lot of the pollutants. At some point, though, your air filter will get clogged, and you’ll need to replace it. Make sure to mark your calendar every two months so that you can stay on top of keeping your air filter clean. A clogged air filter won’t be able to remove the pollutants in your air.

2. Clean Your Home Frequently

Another way to keep the quality of your indoor air at respectable levels is to clean your home frequently. If you have carpets, vacuum them weekly. Dust surfaces and mop the kitchen floor with non-toxic cleansers. In addition, you’ll want to brush your pet’s fur daily to get rid of all the excess hair. This way, it’s not collecting in corners of all of your rooms or simply floating in the air.

3. Try to Ventilate Your Home When It’s Warm Outdoors

Check the weather to find out what part of the day is warmest. During this time, you can crack open the windows to let some fresh air in. Even letting air circulate for an hour gives you ample time to push the stale air out and let the fresh air in.

4. Use an Air Purifier

If the winter feels particularly cold and you don’t want to open your windows at any point during the day, consider purchasing an air purifier. Whereas your air filter removes pollutants from the air, an air purifier sanitizes the air. You can help sanitize pollutants caused by mold, smoke, cooking, odors, and allergens. Air purifiers can help sanitize indoor toxins, too, such as toxins from hair products and cleaning products. Air purifiers are especially helpful for those who suffer from allergies or asthma.

Besides following the above tips, you can contact our team at Crocker Refrigeration, Heating & Air if you’d like indoor air quality tests performed in your home. We can check for wildfire residue, carbon monoxide, or any other toxins that may be present in your home. Schedule an appointment today.

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