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Use Healthy Heating

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2. Use Healthy Heating

You rely on heating in cold weather, so make sure your system is ready to go. Clean your air ducts every year before you first start up your furnace for the winter.

Replacing filters is crucial if you want to avoid blowing dust and debris into your breathing space, and while you’re at it, be sure to thoroughly clean any humidifiers so they’re free of mold and mildew.

Sitting by a roaring fire may seem like a natural way to warm up, but burning wood sends all sorts of irritating smoke and toxic compounds into the air. Stay far away from open fires in fireplaces to avoid an asthma attack.

If you can’t seem to shake the cold, use a hot water bottle for gentle, soothing heat, or warm up from the inside out with soup and tea.

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