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Top Tips to Combat Dry Winter Air in Your Home

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year in Moreno Valley, and it brings with it many opportunities to have fun and enjoy the seasonal festivities. However, the cold winter air can often be brutal, especially when it makes its way into your home. Winter weather reduces the moisture in the air, which can impact your skin and sinuses, leaving you feeling less than stellar.

There are a few ways that you can combat dry winter air in your home and help you find relief from the toll this air takes on your skin and nasal passages. Read on for some expert tips for reducing the negative impacts of dry air in winter.

Tips for Managing Dry Winter Air

Has the dry winter air started to impact your quality of life? Here are just a few ways to combat dry air in your home this winter season:

  1. Invest in a humidifier.

One of the best ways to combat dry winter air in your home is by adding a little more moisture into your home environment. You can do this by investing in a humidifier. A humidifier helps keep the humidity in your home at a comfortable level (between 30-50%). By reintroducing some moisture into your dry home environment, you can work to keep your skin, nose, and mouth lubricated and healthy.

  1. Seal your home.

Another way to combat dry winter air is by making sure that your home is well-insulated. Seal any gaps or leaks around your doors, windows, and attic with weather stripping or caulk. Not only will this help you save money on your monthly energy bills by keeping cold air at bay, but it can also help prevent dry air from entering your home and wreaking havoc on your health and happiness.

  1. Stay hydrated.

When dry winter air in your home is starting to bother you, it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink water or other liquids like juice or tea throughout the day to ensure that you’re getting the hydration you need to stay healthy. This will not only leave you feeling better but will also help keep your skin and mouth moist and comfortable.

Moreno Valley Home Comfort Experts

Our #1 goal is to keep homeowners in Moreno Valley and the surrounding areas comfortable no matter what the season. If you are having a difficult time with dry winter air in your home, it may be time to call in the experts at J&M Air Conditioning and Heating. Our team of HVAC experts provides indoor air quality (IAQ) services that help you create a healthier, more comfortable home atmosphere.

We can help you find the perfect humidifier for your home environment and recommend other IAQ products that will improve your home comfort. For more information, call us today: (951) 663-4895.

Toss These Items for a Healthier Home

When you think about creating a healthier home for you and your family, your mind might immediately go to all the things that you need to buy such as ingredients for healthier recipes or fitness equipment. However, creating a healthier home doesn’t just involve adding things to your lifestyle. It also requires you to get rid of the things that have been holding you back from success. In this post, we’ll talk a little bit more about the things you need to toss today to create a healthier home environment.

5 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

If you’re ready to start making healthier changes, get your garbage can and recycle bin ready, and toss these 5 things:

  1. Old Plastic Containers

Go through all your plastic food storage containers and toss any old containers or those that are marked with a 7 or “PC.” These are the types of containers that can contain BPA, which can leech from the container after several trips through the dishwasher. Be sure to throw away any warped or cracked containers when you come across them, and avoid heating meals in these containers in the microwave as this can also cause the chemicals to leech. For a safer alternative, look for glass food storage containers.

  1. Plastic Cooking Utensils

Plastic cooking utensils tend to break down over time. You may have already witnessed this when you noticed your ladle get soft when stirring a pot of soup or see that your spatula has the corners melted off. When the plastic starts to break down, it gets into your food, which essentially means you’re eating plastic. Replace your plastic utensils with those that are made from sturdy and non-reactive materials such as wood, bamboo, or stainless steel.

  1. Soda and Junk Food

When it comes to creating a healthier diet, the easiest way to avoid temptation is by getting rid of any junk food that you may be tempted to snack on throughout the week. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just adopt a healthier overall diet, you can start by getting rid of soda, candy, chips, and other junk food in your pantry and refrigerator.

  1. Air Fresheners and Chemical Cleaners

Though you may not realize it, some common chemical cleaners and air fresheners that you’re using in your home on a regular basis could be impacting your indoor air quality and ultimately, your family’s health. Toss these cleaners and opt for natural cleaning options that work just as well without exposing your family to toxins. If you’re worried about the cost of replacing all of your home cleaning supplies with natural alternatives, start by getting rid of a few each month until you have all new cleaning supplies. Making your own natural cleaning supplies out of common household items like vinegar is also a fun and affordable option.

  1. Clutter

What you spend your time thinking about most is often influenced by what you keep around you in your home. Consider tossing any items that don’t serve a specific purpose or exist to make you feel good. For example, if your laundry room is cluttered with matchless socks, old dryer sheets, and other junk, get rid of it. The less clutter you have in your home environment, the more space you have to think positively.

Want more tips on how to improve your home health and comfort? Be sure to check out our blog each month for more helpful tips on home comfort, indoor air quality, HVAC, home improvement, and more.

Why Is Indoor Air Quality Worse Than Outdoor Air Quality?

What is Indoor Air Quality?

Simply put, indoor air quality, or IAQ, is the quality of air you find within indoor spaces, such as homes, schools, and places of work. It’s important to understand the quality of your home’s air since it will directly impact the health of people living within the space.

The EPA reports that indoor air, on average, is about 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and in some cases has been found to be 100 times more polluted! There are many causes of indoor air pollution, which results in bad indoor air quality.

Read on to learn more:

 

Air Quality

 

Air Quality Testing for Better Health

The quality of your home’s indoor air plays an important role in the health of you and your loved ones. Poor indoor air quality can lead to fatigue, headaches, and other respiratory issues. We are 100% dedicated to helping homeowners in the Moreno Valley and surrounding areas achieve optimum air quality within their living spaces. At J&M, we offer air quality testing and other solutions that will substantially improve the quality of your home’s indoor air. Give us a call today to learn more. (951) 663-4895

What is a HEPA Filter, and Do I Need One?

 

Sometimes when we hear the words “air pollution,” we tend to think about smog or other outdoor pollutants, but the truth is dust, dirt, and other harmful contaminants can make their way into your home every day. One of the best ways to prevent pollution from circulating in the air in your home is purchasing a quality air filter and replacing it regularly.

You may have heard of the HEPA filter, but is it right for you? Below, we’ll talk about what a HEPA filter is and how they can help improve indoor air quality as well as the benefits of regularly changing your filter.

What is a HEPA filter?

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA filters are used in medical facilities, vehicles, and homes, and they work by filtering forced air through a fine mesh. The filter helps trap harmful pollutants such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and tobacco smoke before they circulate throughout the area. In order to qualify as a HEPA filter under U.S. government standards, filters are required to remove 99.97% of particles from the air that passes through.

Do I need a HEPA filter?

For many, a standard air filter offers enough filtration to improve the indoor air quality of the home without needing anything more. However, those who suffer from severe allergies or asthma may benefit from a stronger filter. Households with individuals who may have trouble breathing can benefit from an air purifier device that uses a HEPA filter .

Though HEPA filters are great for removing nearly all toxic microorganisms from the air, most residential HVAC systems are not made for the standard in-duct HEPA filter. HEPA filters require powerful air volume to overcome the air restrictions from the thick filters. That being said, there are a variety of indoor air quality upgrade options for homeowners that want to provide cleaner and healthier air in their homes, including stand-alone air purifying units.

Why Changing Your Air Filters is Important

No matter what type of air filter you decide to get for your home, it is important that you replace or clean your filter regularly to ensure that it is filtering your air properly and not preventing your HVAC system from running optimally. When your air filter is dirty or clogged, it can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to in order to heat and cool your home. This causes wear and tear to your system and can send your energy bills through the roof.

If you have any questions about your air filter options or which choice is right for you, contact the HVAC experts at J & M Air Conditioning and Heating. We are ready to help you find the best options for improving your indoor air quality.