Every time you inhale, you are exposing yourself to millions upon millions of microscopic airborne contaminants. Some of these include dust, pollen, dander, mold spores, viruses, and bacteria. Too much exposure to these contaminants can cause all sorts of health problems, from the flu to asthma. Fortunately, these contaminants are normally too widespread to cause serious issues. During the winter, however, these contaminants can become much more of a threat. Read on to find out why air purifiers are so much more important to have during the winter.
The air ducts in your home serve as both a haven and a means of transportation for airborne contaminants. Contaminants tend to build up in air ducts, as they are not cleaned all that often (if at all.) The dark, occasionally damp environment can also lead to increased mold growth. If you turn on a forced air system (like your heater) you will circulate this increased dose of contaminants around the house. This dramatically increases the chances of you experiencing negative health effects.
Cutting Off Air Flow
The problem of contaminant buildup is something that can happen at any time of year. What makes winter an especially bad time for contaminants is that people tend to seal up their homes as best they can. Windows and doors are kept closed, in order to better heat the home. Unfortunately, this cuts off the flow of air that would otherwise help clear out contaminants. Spending an entire winter breathing recycled contaminants is definitely not good for you. This is why it is so important to talk to a professional about installing an air purifier in your home.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of air purifiers, call Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. We serve the entire Lake City, FL area.