Winter Ventilation Options for Fresh Air

Winter Ventilation Options for Fresh AirWhen temperatures reach the freezing and below freezing range in the Middletown area, keeping the air inside your home from getting stuffy can be a problem. Stuffy indoor air can make it harder for you to breathe comfortably and can even increase your risk of catching colds and other illnesses. Keep the following winter ventilation options in mind, so you can get more fresh air in your home this winter.

Open Doors and Windows

The easiest and quickest way to get fresh air inside your home is by opening doors and windows. However, this isn’t always a practical option, especially when it’s snowing or bitterly cold out. Use this ventilation option if you need to freshen the air in your home fast this winter.

Use Exhaust Fans

Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be more stuffy than other rooms due to the higher levels of humidity and heat that are in these rooms. Using exhaust fans, which are typically mounted into the ceiling, helps reduce the moisture levels in these rooms, which leads to healthier air and a lower risk of mold growth. Keep the exhaust fans on when you’re taking a shower or bath or when you’re cooking.

Control Humidity Levels

Air that’s too humid or dry makes your indoor air quality lower. During winter, you might have dry air or low humidity levels due to your furnace running. Increasing the humidity levels to a healthy range helps prevent this from occurring and makes it easier for you to breathe comfortably in winter. If the air ends up being too humid, you can use a dehumidifier to lower it. If you have allergies, asthma, or another respiratory condition, you might want to consider investing in a humidity control system for your entire home.

If you need additional help with ventilation options for your home this winter, please contact C.R. Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer heat recovery ventilators, humidity control products, and other options to improve the indoor air quality in your Middletown home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ventilation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482. 

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