It’s that time of year: A sniffle leads to a sneeze. A sneeze leads to a cold. And a cold leads to a miserable way to spend the winter.

Most people think that dealing with winter sickness is just a fact of life in the Northeast. Opening a window to let the fresh air in and send the bad stuff out isn’t always an option during a snowy Massachusetts winter. But improving your indoor air quality can help you survive the cold months while keeping the sniffles to a minimum and have a positive impact on your long-term health.

Here are five easy ways to improve your indoor air quality:

  1. Check for clean filters. When outdoor temperatures drop, your furnace circulates warm air through your house and your air filter’s job is to keep that air clean. A dirty air filter, though, can allow dust, mites and other microscopic debris to blow around your house and make you sick. When it’s time to replace your air filter, look for HEPA filters that can trap smaller particles than other filters.
  2. Maintain your furnace. There’s nothing worse than waking up to a freezing house because your furnace has stopped working in the middle of a winter’s night. Unfortunately, it happens all the time-and it’s usually preventable. Routine service, even in the winter, keeps your system free of dust and debris that can lead to a furnace breakdown and the accompanying, unwanted chilly winter surprise. Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has years of experience maintaining and repairing furnaces throughout the Haverhill and Boston area.
  3. Stay smoke free. Every year, millions of Americans make quitting cigarette smoking a New Year’s Resolution. And while cigarette smoke certainly leads to poor indoor air quality, there’s another smoke-generating culprit in many homes: the fireplace. Soot and ash can linger in the air long after that roaring fire dies out. Turn up your heater and play a fireplace video on your TV. It’ll be just as warm and romantic, and your air will stay cleaner.
  4. Avoid too many chemicals. Caused by everything from pets to cleaning products to even your cooking appliances, household odors and chemical vapors can create unpleasant smells that can lead to unpleasant side effects. Opening a window isn’t always the best course of action in winter, so now it’s extra important to be aware of the chemicals used in your home. Being aware can make a big difference in keeping your air healthy and clean.
  5. Use a humidifier and an air purification system. A Haverhill winter can mean running the furnace 24 hours a day. The dry air that comes with winter can cause more than just static shocks. It leads to dry skin and nasal passages that are prime territory for winter sickness. Whole-home humidifiers add moisture to air that your furnace pushes through your air ducts to combat dryness in every room. Air purifiers are an equally strong weapon in the battle for air quality. They use filters or, in the case of the PureAir system, UV light to kill germs and keep the air throughout your house healthy. Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers a wide range of humidifiers, air purification systems and other products that can help keep your air healthy.

Every home is unique, and so are their indoor air quality needs. But by taking a few steps to keep the air in your house healthy, you’ll spend more time this winter enjoying the season and less time sick in bed. Find out more about ways you can keep your home’s indoor air quality in top-notch condition all year long by talking to the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone. Call them at 978-872-1190 to receive a free, no-obligation consultation or schedule an appointment online.