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Follow our tips to avoid common fall air quality issues

Indoor air quality problems are present year-round, but certain issues become more prevalent in autumn. Rather than closing up your home and dealing with them all winter, take action to alleviate them now. The Roth Heating Company pros are sharing the top causes of fall air quality problems and how homeowners can combat them.

Shifting Humidity Levels

Follow our tips to avoid common fall air quality issuesMost people attribute high humidity levels to spring and summer, when the weather is damp and rainy. However, fall has plenty of days with 100 percent humidity. This is troublesome because humidity attracts and supports mold and mildew growth, and can cause respiratory problems if left untreated. Follow these tips to keep your indoor humidity level down:

  • Use your exhaust fans any time you cook or shower.
  • Open windows to let fresh air in when you can (note: humidity levels are often lower in the afternoon).
  • Keep gutters clean to avoid destructive indoor water leaks.

If you notice mold growth, window condensation, or water damage or stains, we may recommend a dehumidifier to eliminate the extra moisture. A whole-home dehumidifier automatically senses humidity levels and removes moisture as the air cycles to keep your home comfortable.

More Airborne Contaminants

Fall is known to have higher levels of dust mites, not to mention other allergens and airborne contaminants that come from fall harvests. Rather than suffering with itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, and frequent sinus headaches, follow these steps for cleaner air:

  • Clean often—vacuum, dust, wash bedding and blankets, and sanitize countertops.
  • Replace your air filter—every one to two months for standard one-inch filters, or every six to 12 months for media or high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
  • Consider a Carrier® air cleaner—this silent unit uses Captures & Kills™ technology to trap up to 95 percent of particulates and then inactivates or kills them with an electrical charge.

Frequent Temperature Changes

Autumn in Wisconsin means fluctuating temperatures. One day might be in the upper 70s and the next in the mid-50s, which means you may be left switching back and forth between your furnace and A/C. Rather than wasting energy and coming home to uncomfortable temperatures because you forgot to switch your thermostat over, upgrade to a smart Wi-Fi thermostat. These smart controls let you:

  • Monitor and adjust your home comfort from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • Track your energy usage—monthly reports will show how often your system runs. You’ll also get tips on how you can reduce your bills and save.
  • Take advantage of automatic adjustments—let your thermostat adjust itself to maximize savings when you’re away from home.

We’ll recommend Carrier® humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or air ventilators as needed to balance humidity levels and improve ventilation if problems in your home are severe enough.

Rely on Roth Heating for All Your Air Quality Needs

Indoor air quality should be taken seriously—there are a number of issues that can take a toll on your family’s comfort and health. Leave it to the pros here at Roth Heating. Whether we’re recommending products to relieve fall air quality problems or giving your home a clean bill of health, you can trust us to share honest feedback. That’s just how our good, old-fashioned team works. Call 414-764-4700 or contact us today for air quality help.