Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
Don’t Smoke IndoorsSeriously, don’t smoke indoors. Don’t smoke at all. But if you must, please do it outside. Cracking a window doesn’t help. If you smell smoke in your home, that’s not good at all. The smoke smell will permeate every pore in your home and linger. Worse than the smell are the thousands of chemicals that are known to cause serious health problems. Even if YOU don’t smoke, allowing smoking in your home puts your family’s health at risk. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studied and concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke causes cancer. If you do smoke, and you decide to stop smoking in your own home, that might be the first step you take on the road to quitting smoking.
Turn The Fan OnThe bathroom and the kitchen are two areas in the home where moisture can accumulate. If you have an exhaust fan in your shower, use it. Same as over your stove. Excessive moisture in the home is bad. It promotes the growth of mold and mildew. The moisture has to go somewhere. Send it outside. Keeping your home’s humidity in check will positively affect your indoor air quality. Keep it clean This suggestion requires elbow grease. Keep your home clean. Floors take up a lot of surface area in your home. Fortunately they are easy to reach. Sweep, dust, vacuum, mop, repeat. Vacuum all of your carpeted areas, including the stairs. Use Door mats inside and out. Be sure to vacuum your indoor door mats. A Vacuum cleaner with disposable bags generally filters better than vacuums cleaners with built in filters. If your vacuum cleaner does have built in filters, check them. Replace them as needed. Is dust accumulating everywhere? Use a duster. Minimize clutter where dust can gather. Make your home clean up friendly by making it easier for you to clean up your home. Spring clean year round. Your body will thank you.
Final ThoughtsDon’t forget to check your furnace filter. Replace it as needed, probably once a month. Make sure your vents and registers are clean and clear and have proper ventilation. Be vigilant. You should be comfortable in your home. Do what you can to keep your home clean and your family healthy.
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