Can the Air in My Home Make Me Sick?

Dustin Edwards Written by Dustin Edwards
Sick people in their home | Air Filter | Edwards Heating & Air

It’s winter! The normal causes of seasonal sickness in your home include colds, flu, and other transmitted illnesses. However, there is another culprit making your family sick. Poor indoor air quality in your home causes runny noses, irritated eyes, congestion, coughing, rashes, respiratory problems, and much more. Air in your house can be 5 times more polluted than outside air!

Easy Steps to Improve the Air in Your House

If you are struggling with allergies or having breathing concerns in your family, here are some ways to improve indoor air quality using your furnace and HVAC equipment.

  • Change your air filter: Air filters help keep toxins from entering your living area. Filters for your furnace are inexpensive and are necessary to keep your furnace and HVAC in good working condition. You can tell if your filter needs cleaning or replacing just by inspecting it. Contact Edwards Heating & Air for seasonal maintenance and to replace the filters for your furnace at least once every three or four months. A clean filter means clean indoor air for you and your family!
  • Check your ductwork: Smoke, dust mites, pet dander, and dead skin cells can stay in ducts for a long time. Leaks, gaps, and holes in the ductwork allow these contaminants to mix with unfiltered air and move throughout your home. If you notice dust covering your belongings whenever your HVAC system runs or if the air in your house is stale or musty, have your ducts checked by a professional. Edwards Heating and Air offer a ductless system that takes away the guesswork about the condition of your home’s ducts and improves the air quality in your house.
  • Maintain a steady temperature: The ideal temperature in the winter to maintain a healthy, well-regulated home is 68 degrees. Air that is too humid, too dry, or uncomfortably cold will create health problems. A controlled climate will help alleviate these issues and still keep you warm during the colder months.
  • Schedule a maintenance appointment: Preventative maintenance ensures filters for your furnace and other HVAC equipment are clean and inspects your ductwork on a regular basis. The best option for keeping indoor air quality high is by preventing dust, debris, and other pollutants from building up in your HVAC system. Schedule your routine maintenance with our NATE-certified technicians at Edwards Heating and Air. We will keep the air in your house healthy and clean year-round!  


You can improve your indoor air quality by changing the filters for your furnace, adjusting your thermostat, or checking your ducts, but the best way to get the healthiest air possible is by calling Edwards Heating & Air! Schedule preventative maintenance today with our HVAC professionals and breathe fresh air to keep your whole family healthy.