How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
LEAVE POLLUTANTS AT THE DOOR
Wipe your feet on a doormat or remove your shoes at the door.
Reduce dust and dirt on your floors.
Vacuum at least twice a week using a HEPA filter, and/or mop floors.
Replace wall-to-wall carpeting with washable area rugs.
BREATH CLEAN AIR
Make your home a no-smoking zone.
Ventilate your home often: Open your windows to let polluted air out and let clean air in.
Check the air in your home: Test for radon and install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
KEEP HUMIDITY LOW IN YOUR HOME
Repair leaky plumbing and seal cracks in basement floors and walls.
Open a window or turn on the exhaust fan when showering.
Place dehumidifiers or air conditioners in damp rooms. Clean and/or replace filters regularly.
Maintain the humidity level between 30-60%, using a moisture detector (hygrometer).
FRESHEN ROOMS NATURALLY
Clear pollutants from the air with potted plants and cut flowers. Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet to absorb odors before vacuuming. Use natural herbs and essential oils instead of scented candles or air fresheners.
AVOID PRODUCTS WITH STRONG FUMES AND TOXIC INGREDIENTS
Avoid all pesticides and chemical fertilizers in and around your home. Use non-toxic, mild, or least-toxic household cleaners. Stop using aerosol sprays, which can pollute the air with toxic solvents. Limit exposure to formaldehyde and other VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Ventilate, especially when you renovate. Use low or no-VOC paints and sealants. Avoid buying urea-formaldehyde (UF) pressed wood products (subfloors, doors, cabinets, etc.) Wash new clothing, bedding and draperies twice prior to use. Avoid permanent press fabrics and stain repellant sprays. Hang dry-cleaned clothes outside or in a well-ventilated area before bringing them inside.
LIMIT INDOOR BURNING OF FUEL AND WOOD
Burn only hardwoods, not pine or pressed wood logs.Do not burn printed paper or particleboard.
Clean the flue and chimney annually.
Buy/use wood stoves certified after 1992. They emit less pollutants than older ones.
Choose electric stove/oven over gas.
Open a window or turn on the exhaust fan when using a gas stove.
Avoid kerosene and gas space heaters.
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