Banishing Stuffy Spaces

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When many of us think of winter, we picture ourselves indoors, cozy with family, friends and a hot beverage. However, with the joy of indoor winter activities also comes the challenge of combating stuffy spaces. The combination of sealed windows, dry heating systems and limited ventilation can create an atmosphere that feels stagnant and uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make stuffy rooms a thing of the past. Keep reading for a few ways to keep your home comfortable all winter long, even on the coldest days! 

 

Balance Out Humidity

The most important factor in keeping comfortable indoors this winter? Maintaining the right humidity level! Central heating systems can often make indoor air too dry, leading to dry skin, respiratory issues and more. A humidifier is the perfect way to bring moisture back to the air! They not only help combat stuffiness but also can lessen the negative effects of dry air on your body, too. 

 

Bring on the Greenery

Indoor plants are a fantastic addition to your living space for many reasons, but in the winter they are a great resource for purifying the air in your home! Plants such as snake plants, spider plants, and peace lilies are known for their ability to filter out common indoor pollutants, enhancing the air quality and combating stuffiness. Keep in mind, if you have pets, you’ll want to make sure that any plants you’re bringing into your home will be a safe option for every member of your family, even the furry, four-legged ones! 

 

Air-Flow Blockage 

Take a closer look at your room’s layout: are you blocking your air vents with the furniture in your home? This can prevent the rooms in your home from experiencing proper airflow, causing spaces to become stuffy! Arrange furniture in a way that creates natural pathways for air to circulate, preventing pockets of stagnant air from forming.

 

Clean it Up

Dust and allergens can accumulate quickly in closed-up spaces, especially if you have animals in your home that shed regularly. Cleaning frequently is crucial for maintaining air quality! Vacuum carpets, dust surfaces, and don’t forget to clean or replace air filters in heating systems once a month for optimal functioning. 

 

We’re well into winter and combating those stuffy spaces is sure to continue being a priority as we move into spring. By incorporating some of these simple strategies into your routine, you can ensure that your living spaces remain fresh, well-ventilated, and cozy throughout the remainder of the season. You’ll be enjoying winter from the comfort of your home, without having to worry about being stuck in a stuffy room!

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