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The air up there

Ah, the crisp winter breezes of cottage country. Until you bust open the cabin doors and breathe in the pollutants. “Cottages are often left uninhabited for long periods, with no ventilation”, says Tristan McIntosh of the Lung Association. “And in the winter, people spend more time indoors. This means more exposure to potential indoor air quality issues.” Dust, pet dander, and cleaning products can all mess with air quality, but the big three in cottages are wood smoke, mould, and the aftermath of animal infestation. If you’re experiencing allergy-like symptoms or flare-ups with conditions such as asthma or COPD, it might be time to overhaul your air.—J.D.

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Make winter the warmest season! The Winter issue of Cottage Life gets you set for your coziest winter at the cabin yet. Host a holiday brunch for family and friends with Canada’s cinnamon bun queen Amy Rosen’s mouth-watering Hanukkah recipes Learn the 300-year-old secrets of a sweet little Finnish sauna Find out how to protect your cottage from fire 7 gifts for cottagers An update about rabies: should you worry? Tips for testing ice thickness and thawing frozen pipes How to stop mice and prep the cottage for winter Plans for a tea-light holder project (with a hidden compartment!) Plus, the stunning winners of our annual photo contest Pick up the Winter 2018 issue today!