Washington State Energy Codes require new homes to be built tight and highly energy efficient. In the winter, the result is that air flow in these newer homes can become stagnant without proper use of the built-in ventilation systems. Newcomers to the Olympia area often complain of nosebleeds overnight when the temperatures drop down and the heat kicks on more frequently. Fresh air from outdoors is needed during this time to bring in extra moisture.
Windows in new homes that meet the Washington Energy Code usually have vents that you can pop open for a start. Bathroom fans circulate moisture and odors out, and whole house ventilators suck fresh air and moisture in through the intake valve and through the return air duct. You will probably find a timer in a prominent place in your home, like just inside the garage door or in a utility room, that allows you to adjust how often the ventilator runs. This gives you full control as to how much fresh air comes in while balancing for energy efficiency. Check out this manual put out by Washington State University about how to use your whole house ventilator. It is an invaluable tool for maintaining quality air in your home while providing for the best energy efficiency possible.
If you still have trouble with allergies or nosebleeds due to the weather, try cracking the window in your bedroom a touch and putting Vaseline just on the inside edge of your nose before going to bed. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and utilize a humidifier for the coldest nights. All of these tips will help keep you comfortable in your new home as well as provide excellent prevention for many colds and stuffy noses.
Author:Cari Schwisow Phone: 360-878-5401 Dated: November 19th 2011 Views: 3,837 About Cari: I am pleased to be with RE/MAX Northwest, a highly respected and innovative real estate firm in Olym...
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