There are plenty of products out there in your local pharmacy when it comes to dealing with all of the colds, flus and viruses that seem to sweep through households during the winter months; but, unfortunately, there really isn't much available to prevent this stuff from spreading in the first place.

I'm talking about stopping these germs in their tracks and this year seems to be worse

(Photo by Bill Keeler / WIBX)

than others.  It seems like we've been dealing with one 'bug' after another and things don't seem to be getting better - and there's still potentially a lot of winter left.

We wash our hands tirelessly, cover our mouths, wipe down surfaces with antibacterial products and avoid hand to face contact.  Still, when we're trapped in our tightly sealed and insulated warm homes during the cold winter months, I really wonder if the problem might just be the fact that the bad germs are just getting stuck inside.

So, today I took matters into my own hands.

While people in my neighborhood might think I'm a bit crazy, I turned the heat off in the house and opened every window on the property.

Fresh Air.  Yes, it was cold, I admit, but it was fresh.

Some, like my wife, would say I'm wasting money by letting the heat out.  I'm also sure I'll be wasting energy to heat the house back up; but, if it prevents sickness, I think it's worth it.

At the very least, I can't imagine it's makes things any worse.  That is, unless the germs outside are coming inside.

That would mean they would have had to have survived the sub-zero, polar vortex, coastal storm, nor'easter, lake-effect, blizzard-like cold temperatures we've been living with through most of this winter.  I find that highly unlikely.

Oh, and so I don't get any angry phone calls... 

At the very least, I can't imagine it's makes things any worse.  That is, unless the germs outside are coming inside.

For the record, no animals were injured or frozen during the implementation of this germ-expulsion, preventative measure.

To be honest, I think both the cat and dog are siding with me on this issue. The fresh air feels pretty good.