While the holidays can be a festive time to invite family into your home, one unwelcome guest during the winter are those unpleasant smells that come with the season. Winter odor in your home can often be easily whisked way, though sometimes it may be indicative of a more significant issue.
Catching smells with vinegar
Disagreeable winter odor can be easily vanquished in most cases. For instance, you can avoid that burning smell when first using a heater during the season by blowing it briefly during the fall, when it’s still warm enough to ventilate your home.
For lingering kitchen smells, boil a few tablespoons of vinegar in a pot of water. Vinegar can also help in the bathroom. Pour a cup of the liquid in your toilet bowl and after several minutes, scrub and flush.
Another common smell is a smoky one that remains in a fireplace after the fire is out. Aside from taking preventative measures, you can eradicate these odors by tightening your damper seal and adding air registers to your HVAC system. Take this opportunity to conduct other measures to winterize your home for energy savings.
Time to call a professional
Some odors are more difficult to tackle. If a rotten smell from a dead animal has infested your walls, you may need to call a service provider to remove the critter.
Even more concerning are moldy smells. The result of too much humidity, musty smells can sometimes be quelled by adding insulation to cold surfaces, using moisture-inducing appliances less frequently and employing a dehumidifier. However, since mold can pose a major health hazard, it’s imperative that you to call for assistance if you think your home may have mold.
Whether the winter odor in your house is indicative of a significant issue or something you can fix yourself, following the suggestions above will help you keep an odor-free home during the winter season.
For more expert advice about winter odors and other home comfort issues, please feel free to contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. Locally owned and operated, we’ve been serving the Grand Traverse County area since 1980.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about tackling winter odors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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