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Tips to keep your home's air quality in top condition

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2013-11-20 09:48:40

As winter weather continues to become more prevalent in residential areas across the country, an increasing number of homeowners are likely readying themselves to spend a considerable amount of time indoors during the coming months. The East Coast is known for its picturesque summers as well as beautiful autumns and winters, however, it is typically defined by its winter seasons, as they can last for months and bring inclement weather. Northeasterners are usually referred to as a hardy bunch, as they are regularly forced to encounter large amounts of snowfall and freezing temperatures from December through March.

If you recently compiled the purchase of your first home, you will likely want to undertake a few improvement projects that can help guarantee your comfort during cold weather. These can range in size and difficulty, but those that are of the greatest importance should be completed first. It is imperative that you make sure your home's heating system is in working order and ventilation ducts are in good shape, which you can do by implementing the following strategies.

Check on status of furnace
You don't want to run the risk of not being able to adequately heat your house when outside temperatures are drastically low, do you? Before you find yourself depending on the furnace daily, you might want to make sure it will work. Therefore, checking on the major appliance in the weeks leading up to the arrival of cold weather can benefit you, as it affords you ample time to have any issues fixed. 

Routinely swap out air filters
If you or one of your family members begins to sneeze more often during wintertime, it probably isn't because of allergies. It would be wise to switch out your HVAC system's air filters, as these can more effectively trap dust and debris that you could potentially breathe in. Doing so once a month can help guarantee your health won't be affected during the time of year you spend the majority of your time inside. 

Clean out clogged air ducts
If you've changed out your air filters every month but are still encountering issues with the quality of your home's air, you might want to arrange to have your ducts cleaned. Removing the airborne items that have become lodged in your home's ventilation system over time can greatly increase both its efficiency and effectiveness. This will help you to breathe easier, remain healthy, stay comfortable at all times and spend less money overall. 

Update insulation around doors, windows
What's the use of getting your HVAC system into top condition if heat is allowed to escape the home through sizable cracks around your windows and doors? During winter, you will want to keep warm air inside and ensure the cold is kept out, so paying close attention to these features could be to your benefit. Adding weather-stripping to any area where air is able to leak out - or in - can keep you warm and reduce the size of your monthly utility bills.

Install, replace vital detection systems
Since you'll be spending more time indoors this season, you'll want to know that is it always safe to do so. Purchasing fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and placing them in areas that are used often, such as the kitchen, can assure you that the air is fine to breathe - and alert you when it is not. Additionally, it is important to replace these items' power sources routinely, and make certain they always work well. 

If you are interested in keeping your home's air quality pristine, but unable to afford the needed upgrades and repairs, you can benefit substantially by contacting Poli Mortgage Group. Our Loan Officers have found low rates and originated loans for more than 40,000 of our clients, who live throughout the East Coast. Call us today at 866-353-7654 to learn of the many different products and services we offer.

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