When you live in beautiful River Oaks, Texas, you expect hot weather and humidity during the summer. But what about wintertime indoor air pollution? From dry air to volatile organic compounds, learn about three wintertime indoor air quality issues and how to deal with them.

Dry Air

During the winter months, the air is naturally drier, and your heating system might be contributing to the problem. Dry air can cause annoying static shocks and painfully dry skin, and it can increase your chances of getting viruses. Fortunately, adding moisture back into your home’s air supply is easy. Talk with the Maxx AC & Heating team about whether a whole-house humidifier would solve your dry air woes.

Pet Dander

As your whole family — including four-legged friends — spends more time indoors during cold weather, you’ll naturally have more exposure to common allergens like pet dander. To reduce the effects of pet dander, take care to change your HVAC air filter more frequently than usual. Our team recommends replacing the filter with a fresh one every 30 days for optimal air quality. Be sure to select a filter with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating between 9 and 12 to keep your home’s air supply as clean as possible.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Countless substances in your home, from the adhesives that hold your carpet in place to the paint on your walls, can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful airborne chemicals. While you can certainly take steps to decorate your home with VOC-free products, it isn’t always possible to replace everything at once. Instead, our team recommends clearing the air with a whole-house air purifier. This device works with your HVAC system to remove VOCs and other contaminants from the air, both during the winter and all year long.

Don’t let poor indoor air quality compromise your family’s health or comfort this season. Call the indoor air quality pros at Maxx AC & Heating at (281) 338-2653 to learn more about our effective solutions.

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