As the saying goes, “Winter is coming.”
But what, exactly, does that mean for the air quality in South Florida? And, more importantly, what does that mean for you, your home, and your family?
Whether you have questions about the air inside or around your home, we have all the answers you’re looking for:
From the Outside-In
The state of Florida, like any other state, is not without its fair share of ozone pollution, otherwise known as smog. Of course, according to the city of Fort Lauderdale’s local government, South Florida’s smog season is at its strongest during the spring months.
That being said, South Florida is reported to have experienced a year-round increase in overall particle pollution, meaning one may still be at risk of letting such contaminants into their home, even during the winter — particularly as winter tourists and travel increase the volume of chemical pollutants associated with vehicle exhaust.
Otherwise, Floridians with allergies will also find themselves combatting the annual growth and decay of both ragweed and grass, the likes of which peak in fall but may well continue into the winter months. Particularly if you spend a lot of time outdoors, these pollutants may weasel their way into your home’s indoor air circulation when they are trapped and carried in on your clothes and/or hair.
From the Inside-Out
As previously discussed in an earlier blog post, South Floridians are also at risk of furthering the mold growth in their homes during the winter, as the year-round moisture and humidity in this region of the state foster an ideal environment for mold growth, especially as it does not often get cold enough in South Florida to make mold spores go into hibernation.
What’s more, whatever pollutants are negatively impacting your air quality — be it from indoor or outdoor sources — will get pulled into your circulation system and remain trapped there. Typically, this occurs because most people tightly close and insulate their homes for the duration of the colder months, thereby impeding their ventilation efforts.
“Common indoor allergens include dust mites, mold, and pet dander, and they can prompt a host of symptoms, from a runny nose and sneezing to a sore throat and itchy eyes,” Harvard Health Publishing explains. “While these indoor allergens are present year-round, allergies can flare up in the winter because you’re cooped up in the house with the windows closed.
Comprehensive Air Care
While we all begin to settle in for the winter months, there’s no reason to settle for sub-optimal indoor air quality.
Don’t wait out the cold and the contaminants — Instead, contact Discreet Air Quality to perform a comprehensive indoor air quality assessment! Our team of indoor environmental experts will not only be able to clarify your current air quality status, but we can provide you with an effective action plan to ensure you’re breathing the cleanest air possible.
Simply call Discreet Air Quality today at 754-702-7019 to schedule your appointment!