Most people don’t realize that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. What’s worse—city dwellers spend nearly 90% of their time indoors! This means the vast majority of NYC and Long Island residents are breathing low-quality air for most of their lives.
And it gets even worse during the winter…
What Causes Winter Air Problems?
There are several factors unique to winter weather that are known to substantially exacerbate indoor air problems:
- Modern homes have energy-efficient windows that are kept closed 24/7 during the winter, thus preventing ventilation.
- Modern homes also have powerful insulation that seals in all of the indoor air.
- The “stack effect” (a.k.a. “chimney effect”) occurs, in which air is pulled from basements/crawlspaces and floats upward throughout a building. This effect is magnified when heating systems are in operation, as they are during the winter.
- Many homeowners are unknowingly using heating systems and filters that are contaminated with dirt, dust, and mold, thus adding to indoor air pollution.
- Winter air tends to be dry. The lack of humidity in the air can cause sinus issues, headaches, and coughing; it will also aggravate existing respiratory conditions like asthma.
So, if you’ve been feeling like your indoor air is particularly bad during the winter, you’re not alone. Most people are in the same boat. However, that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a lifetime of poor air quality every single winter.
Instead, call the environmental testing specialists at MoldXpertsNY for help! We’ll test your indoor air and find out what kinds of mold spores, contaminants, and/or VOCs are present. Then, we’ll provide you with our expert recommendations on how to purify your air and keep it that way.
Call now for service in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and surrounding parts of Long Island and NYC!