It’s not something we really think about, but poor ventilation can cause a whole host of health issues, especially in winter, thanks to things like central heating and closed windows.
Below are a few tips to help you maintain good air quality in your home this winter.
• Drying your laundry over the radiator can improve energy efficiency, but it can also lead to increase indoor humidity, which can encourage problems such as damp and mould. Investing in a portable dehumidifier could be the answer. Alternatively, you may want to consider investing in a tumble dryer.
• Closed windows and higher room temperatures = increased growth of germs, mould and dust mites, all of which can set off allergies. Regularly airing rooms once a day, perhaps when they are not in use, can help. As can vacuuming more regularly, including furniture and mattresses.
• Heating systems can dry out the air. Dry throats and nasal passages can be more susceptible to viruses and infections. If so, it may be wise to invest in an air humidifier. Alternatively, leave a small dish of water, perhaps with a few drops of anti-bacterial essential oil in them, on top of a radiator to gentle disseminate.
How do you keep winter germs at bay?