Winter is fast approaching. We close up our homes and seal up our windows against the chilly drafts that attempt to creep in. We may be staying warm but now we have another concern. This new concern is air quality. The air quality in our home is imperative to our health. In this blog, Winter Indoor Air Quality and Mold we will be sharing a few tips on how to keep you and your family healthy this winter.

The Importance Indoor Air Quality

The EPA states:

Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. (

We button up our homes for winter. As a result, the airflow through the home can be compromised. A recipe for health problems is:

1) Dirty fans

2) Dust, mold and pollen laden air filters

3) Dusty air ducts 

Most importantly, if there is the presence of mold in the home, winter is when mold will reak the most havoc with your health.

Three Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

1. Change air filters in both air-conditioner and heating units.

2. Schedule regular maintenance for your heating and cooling systems.

3. Periodically test your home for mold.

Should your home test positive for mold, address it immediately. Mold will continue to spread if untreated. Fatigue, headaches, respiratory and sinus infections are all symptoms of  prolonged exposure to mold. In addition, your wallet will also benefit by addressing mold issues promptly because it will mean fewer doctor office visits this winter.

Please feel free to contact us for any further questions on mold or asbestos abatement. Prepare your home for winter by calling the environmental testing specialists at First Choice for mold testing and elimination.

Be Well,

First Choice Environmental Testing