5 Dangers of Low Indoor Temperature

4. Respiratory Problems

 

Sometimes winter cold is a damp cold. When homes aren’t properly insulated or heated, moisture accumulates and leads to mold growth. Breathing in those spores can be detrimental to health, playing a part in conditions like emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, and allergic rhinitis.

Key to controlling the moisture level indoors is a good HVAC system to pull out rather than recirculate the damp. Fans in the bathroom and kitchen are also important to vent humidity in rooms that create their own moisture.

If you do find patches of mold inside, clean those areas thoroughly with a borax solution. Wear face protection to avoid breathing in the mold as you work. Remember, too, that if you don’t locate and fix the source of the moisture, mold will grow again.

Unfortunately, you are not safe even if the chill is dry, as cold air tends to enflame the lungs and impact breathing for everyone in the home.

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