It can be tough to stay healthy in the winter. There are a number of obstacles that can get in the ways of a healthy lifestyle: unhealthy holiday meals, cold weather that makes it tough to get outside and exercise, and group gatherings that make it more likely for illnesses to spread.
However, there are plenty of ways we can all get around these obstacles. Portion control (with only a little bit of splurging here and there) can help you to manage those big holiday meals. A good gym membership might encourage you to go out and exercise. And you may be able to prevent illnesses from occurring and allergies from worsening with an indoor air quality upgrade from a qualified HVAC technician.
- Air Purification System: We recommend the Air Scrubber Plus for your air purification needs. Combining ActivePure technology with the power of ultraviolet light, this system is able to kill a vast majority of germs that move around in your air, and it can also help to clear out allergens like pet dander.
- Energy Recovery Ventilator: One of the biggest barriers to good indoor air quality is poor ventilation. We keep the doors and windows shut in cooler weather so that the heater can operate effectively, but this means that we miss out on fresh air. An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) can let in some fresh air while preheating the air so that there is little impact on your bills.
- Humidifier: Dry air can keep you feeling more miserable for longer once you catch a cold or flu virus. Consider a whole-home humidifier to add moisture back into the air as your heating system runs.
- Changing the Filter: This is the simplest upgrade you can make, and one you should remember to make each and every month. Changing the air filter each month is important even when you have a supplementary air cleaning system in place. It helps to protect the heater from damage, but a dirty filter may raise your monthly bills by blocking airflow to the system.
ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns in the Spokane area. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice.