Knoxville (WVLT) - The lower temperatures usually means your windows and doors will be staying closed in the next few months.
And, with the ever increasing concern about the indoor air that we breath, what can you do to keep the air inside your home clean and safe?
Volunteer TV's Jim Freeman has some advice.
Keeping the air in your castle clean and safe requires a team effort from you and your service technician and it starts with a unit check-up.
"Because if you have cracks in your heat exchangers, that means you're getting carbon monoxide into your house. Carbon monoxide can kill you pretty quick, and you don't even know it," said Dustin Tilley, service technician with Coleman Heating and Air Conditioning
Making it a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector.
But, what about just cutting down on dust and particles in the air?
What can you do short of shelling out money to have your air ducts cleaned?
"Well, it really begins with the kind of filter you're using," said Tilley. "Most of your airborne particles will be caught by this."
You need to do your part, too.
Tilley recommends a "pleated filter" that may be a little more expensive but he says it will protect you and your family.
There are a couple of more things you can do to help keep the air that you breathe cleaner.
"Have your carpet cleaned if you have carpet. Because carpet, it can hold a lot of stuff," said Tilley,
Humidifiers also play a key role in helping you breath easier during the months of cool, dry days that have already begun.
Radon is another potential danger in your home.
This radioactive gas enters through the soil and cannot be smelled, tasted or seen.
You can find more information about radon detectors or having your home tested for radon on the Hot Key. Click the link below.