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Why Does My Home Smell Musty in the Winter?


Mold and mildew are common in the humid summer months, but can they affect your indoor air quality in the winter? If your house has that musty smell, even in the winter, don’t give up hope. There are some common reasons and simple solutions.

Why the Musty Smell in the Winter?

There are two seasons where we tend to close up our homes and seal them tight – summer and winter. This is one of the reasons our homes can get that musty smell, even in the drier winter months. We use the heating system, which makes it warm, and we use appliances that increase the humidity, like the dishwasher and washing machine. That combination can cause mold and mildew to form, resulting in that musty smell.

How to Get Rid of It

One of the best and easiest ways to cut down on the mildew and get rid of the musty odor is with a good air filtration system. The right system can reduce the air pollutants contaminating your indoor air in the cold months of winter. It can filter out up to 99% of airborne particles, including mildew. When the filtration system traps the mildew and other environmental contaminants such as dust, dander, pollen, and cleaning chemicals, your indoor air will improve significantly. Not only will this help rid your home of that pesky musty smell, but it will help you and your family breathe easier this winter.

You don’t have to live with that musty smell in your home just because you have the windows shut to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. The team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling can get you set up with the right system to improve your indoor air quality and make your whole house feel and smell better.

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