How To Keep An Apartment Warm, Clean And Comfortable In Winter

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Gina Napsin
March 25, 2024
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When winter comes, it's time to think about how to make your home comfortable and cozy, and also to keep feeling good. Apart from having to wear a lot of clothes, low temperature has a bad effect on health: blood vessels narrow, which causes less oxygen to the heart and increases the risk of heart attacks.

You can create the desired temperature in your apartment or house with the help of a heater or convector.

We recommend choosing the convector with several power modes - for constant heating or for warming the air as quickly as possible.

The ability to maintain the desired temperature is needed also. Many models have a thermostat - you set the desired power, and the device will periodically turn on and off so that the temperature remains constant.

Check if your heater has an anti-freeze mode. It is designed to maintain the temperature in the room above 0 °.

Above all your convector should be safe, especially if there are children or pets in the house. Stable legs, reliable grid and protection against overturning and overheating are essential for this home appliance.

Heating radiators, convectors and heaters warm the apartment, but they also reduce the humidity in the house. In addition, the colder it is outside the window, the less moisture the outside air retains, so airing on a frosty day will not increase the humidity.

The optimal level of humidity is 30-45% during the cold season and 30-60% during the warm season. If the air is not humid enough you’ll feel it right away: peeling skin, stuffy nose and throat, a feeling of "sand" in the eyes and laundry that dries instantly.

Dry air combined with low temperatures increases the risk of getting flu, so doctors recommend using a humidifier if any member of the family is sick. In addition, moist air makes the sick person feel better, moistens the mucous membranes and relieves symptoms such as coughs and runny nose.

Low humidity air also dries out the tear film of the eye, which protects the cornea. The consequence is a burning and rubbery feeling in the eyes and an increased likelihood of eye infections. People who wear contact lenses are at special risk. Here, too, a humidifier can help.

When the dryness in your home is elevated, as it often is in the winter, dust and particles of people's epithelium and pet hair don't settle on surfaces but float in the air. House dust can also cause a serious allergic reaction.
Dust can be combated with regular wet cleaning and air purifiers, which not only get rid of house dust, but also pet hair, cigarette smoke, unpleasant smells, such as in the kitchen, and viruses and bacteria, which is especially important during winter flu outbreaks.

When choosing an air purification device pay attention to the cleaning area it covers (can be both 20 square meters, and 160 and above) - it is essential to choose a device suitable for the room where it will be used, otherwise the effect will be worse.

Also, check the level of purification (in some models it reaches 100%) and the characteristics of the filters. HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filters are considered the most efficient because they can catch even the tiniest particles of dust. The most advanced models may have several filters at once. For example, a pre-filter to block dust, hair, pet hair and plant pollen, a charcoal filter to eliminate unpleasant odors and gases, and fine filters to trap bacteria and allergens.

Models with replaceable filters need to be replaced every three to six months, depending on the filter and the degree of contamination.