Do you notice that, once winter hits, your throat and eyes always feel dry and scratchy? You might blame it on the weather, but chances are, the true culprit is your indoor air. During the winter when your forced air heating system is constantly circulating air throughout your home, allergens like dust and mold spores are always coming into contact with your face. Plus, the air in the winter tends to be drier, perpetuating this irritation. Thankfully, you don't have to suffer until spring comes. Here are two steps you can take to remedy the situation.
Change your furnace filter.
Failing to change your filter often enough will result in dirtier air being blown through your home. So, slide that air filter out, and put a fresh one in its place. The new filter will catch dust and other particles more effectively, so the air being sent through your home is cleaner. If your symptoms are really severe and you want to take things a bit further, replace your filter with one that's labeled "HEPA." HEPA stands for "high efficiency particulate air." You'll pay a few dollars more for a HEPA filter than for a standard fiberglass or cotton one, but it will catch some smaller particles that an ordinary filter may not.
Install a Humidifier
Adding moisture to the air will help guard against your dry throat and eyes directly. It will also help weigh down dust and allergen particles, so they don't end up suspended in the air and being breathed in. The easiest way to increase the humidity of your whole home is to install a whole-home humidifier. This device has to be installed by a professional, and it integrates with your HVAC system. It adds moisture to the air as it is blown through your home. When the moisture level comes up to a set level, it stops adding moisture automatically. When the air becomes dry again, the humidifier will kick on again.
If you cannot afford to have a whole-home humidifier installed, a good alternative is to plug in a potable vaporizer in the room you spend the most time in -- such as your bedroom. Portable vaporizers are sold at most pharmacies and home goods stores. You can even add a soothing essential oil, like chamomile or eucalyptus, to the vaporizer to further ease your dry throat and eyes.
A dry throat and dry eyes in the winter can almost always be traced back to poor indoor air quality. But by upgrading your air filter and adding moisture to the air, you can be more comfortable in no time.
For more information and assistance with installing a humidifier or changing the filter, talk with heating contractors in your area, such as those at Erickson Plumbing & Heating.
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