WEST WAREHAM, Mass., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Winter is a challenging time of year. Cold and damp days, exposure to colds and flu, and the high cost of heating a home make winter difficult for many people. But you can be more comfortable, safer and healthier by taking steps now to get your home prepared for winter.
One important factor in creating and maintaining a healthy home is having high quality indoor air and airflow. First step is to have your heating system professionally serviced. Typically that means changing filters, cleaning the burner, and making sure that fuel lines are clear.
If you purchased a whole house fan this summer to cool your home, you already have the ability to exchange bad air for good. The ventilation experts at Tamarack Technologies (www.tamtech.com) recommend using your fan this winter to "refresh air at least once a week. Wait for the warmest part of the day, open windows and turn on your fan to replace stale air with fresh outside air."
There's bad air and then there's really bad air. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can make you sick and the risk of contamination goes up in winter. Carbon monoxide monitors are required by code but most are powered by batteries. The Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) recommends checking the health of those batteries when you turn your clocks back in the fall.
Danger also lurks in your utility closet. Dryers currently account for one in every 22 home fires, frequently because of lint buildup. Before it gets too cold, clean as much lint as possible from the dryer's ductwork. Also consider installing a simple, inexpensive product called the Cape Backdraft Damper to eliminate backdrafts.
Excess moisture in bathrooms often leads to mold buildup, which can cause throat, eye and skin irritation, stuffiness, coughing and wheezing. The solution may be as simple as cleaning or replacing your bathroom fan. Or, consider installing a Perfect Balance Return Air Pathway at the bottom of bathroom doors for better airflow.
Improved indoor air quality, better airflow and these common sense actions will make this winter a much more comfortable, safer and healthier one for you and your family. Start now for best results.
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