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How do I Ventilate My Home Properly in Winter?

We’re slowly approaching winter, which means that more and more of us are wondering how to improve ventilation in a room without leaving windows open for the entire (cold) day or letting in harmful smog. If you want to find the answer to these and other questions, continue reading our entry!

Due to the fact that we aren’t very likely to leave windows open for longer periods of time when it’s freezing outside, it’s crucial to devise a method that can effectively purify the air during winter.

What are the causes of polluted indoor air in winter?

If you’re wondering what makes the air in your house polluted in winter, just think about three main factors:

  • a furnace, fireplace, or wood stove — if you use any of these, you need to be aware that they may create harmful toxins and fumes that pollute the surrounding air,
  • air fresheners, candles, cigarettes — let’s be honest, most of us associate winter and autumn with cozy evenings and various candle scents. Moreover, there are also people who prefer to smoke at home. Unfortunately, all these activities release toxins and substances like carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, or tobacco fumes,
  • cleaning products — although it’s very important to regularly clean surfaces and remove allergens, dust mites, pet dander, fungi, bacteria, mold spores, or viruses, it’s also crucial to keep in mind that strong chemicals are likely to contain harmful substances that deteriorate the air quality.

how to ventilate a flat in winter

How to ventilate a flat in winter?

Wondering how to effectively ventilate your house in winter? Try to:

  • Micro ventilate — instead of opening all windows in your house, crack-open one window in each room and let in fresh air.
  • Turn on the “winter mode” on your fans — if you have a ceiling fan, it probably has a mechanism that enables reversing the blade direction. Thanks to it, your fan will be pushing warm air downwards.
  • Turn on kitchen and bathroom fans — this will help you avoid excess humidity that causes mold. Moreover, various products may create potentially toxic fumes when being cooked. Fans will help you get rid of them.
  • Replace filters regularly — it’s impossible to ventilate rooms and improve air quality without having working filters.

If you want to effectively ventilate your house in winter, install a special air pollution app or air pollution sensor that allows you to constantly monitor air quality in your home. Thanks to it, you’ll be able to take relevant steps when needed.

Want to learn more? Find out how air pollution can affect your health.

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