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How to Fix a Stuffy House in the Winter

Are you tired of breathing in stuffy indoor air?

Talk to Kearney HVAC and find the right IAQ solution for your home.


It’s officially winter here along the North Shore of Massachusetts and Seacoast New Hampshire, which means homeowners are hunkering down and getting themselves mentally prepared for a few months cozied up in their homes.

If you’ll be spending all that time inside, it’s important for your house to be as comfortable as possible. It was easy in the summer and early fall to open your windows and let in some fresh air if you felt your home getting a bit stuffy, but who wants to open their windows and waste all that heat in the middle of winter?

At Kearney HVAC, we get asked often for suggestions on what homeowners can do to help improve indoor air quality in their houses. Here are our recommendations for everything from simple fixes to comprehensive solutions that will help create a cleaner, healthier indoor environment for your family.

5 Easy, DIY Ways to Freshen Up a Stuffy Room in Winter

1. Baking soda can help remove odors—sprinkle a little bit on rugs or furniture, let it sit for a bit, and then vacuum it up.

2. Anything that has washable fabric can and should be washed (and don’t forget to wash your facemasks)!

3. Dust and pet dander can settle all over your home, even on hard surfaces. It’s important to wipe down and dust these parts of your house to keep them clean and help reduce allergies and poor indoor air quality.

4. Cleaning regularly is also important—whether you have pets, kids, or it’s just you, dirt and odors can accumulate quickly in a house in the winter, when there isn’t a lot of air movement or fresh outdoor air being introduced.

5. Humidifiers can also help you avoid that dry, itchy feeling in your home during the coldest months of the year. Portable units can work in a pinch, but whole home humidifiers from Kearney can make sure that all of the air circulating in your house has the proper humidity levels.

iWave Air Purifiers: An Effective Indoor Air Pollution Solution

While all of the above solutions might temporarily help air out your house in the winter, most of them are band-aid fixes, or solutions that might help things a little bit but not really address the bigger problem.

In-duct air purifiers, on the other hand, offer a “set-it-and-forget-it” solution to residential indoor air quality problems. The iWave line of air purifiers are installed inside your ductwork, where you won’t see them or hear them. The iWave-R and the iWave-C generate ions that help reduce a number of indoor air pollutants, including:

  • Mold

  • Bacteria & viruses

  • Allergens

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Pet dander

  • And more!

iWave air purifiers can even reduce static electricity and indoor odors, freshening up stagnant air in your house and working around the clock to improve your home’s indoor air quality year-round, not just in the winter.

Help Improve the Air in Your Home with Kearney HVAC

At Kearney HVAC, we have years of experience assisting homeowners in reducing indoor air pollutants and get rid of stuffy, musty smells in their homes. Our indoor pollution services go far and above any DIY solutions to actively fight back against poor IAQ in your home, helping you breathe healthier, cleaner air this winter and beyond.

Get rid of that stuffy air feeling in your home. Call 978-388-0845or contact us today to learn more about Kearney’s air quality solutions.