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  • Helpful Tips : Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

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    Home is the heart of our worlds. It’s where we eat, sleep, bathe, entertain and do most of our living. While all these activities add to our relaxation and enjoyment, they can also cause a buildup of pollutants like cooking fumes and dust particles. Indoor allergens and pollutants hit their peak in the winter when homes are sealed against the cold. Indoor air quality can suffer when homes are shut up tight and built with the wrong materials. Here are some pointers to help you make your home healthier. Pollutants in your air can cause poor indoor air quality, which can impact how healthy your home is and how comfortable it feels. Fortunately, there’s a solution to most air quality problems.

    5 Simple Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

    1. Keep your floors fresh.

    Though it's tempting to put off chores, it's important to clean regularly to reduce allergens and irritants. Dust with a damp cloth rather than a feather duster -- and don't forget hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fans and the top of the refrigerator.

     

    To avoid potentially harmful vapors, purchase nontoxic, non aerosol, unscented cleaning products (or make your own using household products). And use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for the best results

    • Suck it up. Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. You can also get rid of other toxins, like brominated fire-retardant chemicals (PBDEs) as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.

    Using a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter ensures that dust and dirt won’t get blown back out in the exhaust. In high traffic areas, vacuum the same spot several times. Don't forget walls, carpet edges, and upholstered furniture, where dust accumulates. For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly.

    • Mop it up. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens. New microfiber mops (and dust cloths) reportedly capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t require any cleaning solutions whatsoever.
    • Keep it out. Put a large floor mat at every door.People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don't wipe their shoes will leave most pollutants on the mat -- not the floors in your home.

    2. Circulate, Circulate

    Even when the weather is cool, open the windows to let in fresh air (especially while you're cleaning, cooking, or painting). If it's simply too cold, run ceiling fans to keep air circulating.

     

    And don't forget to flip on the exhaust fan while you cook. Otherwise, noxious vapors, grease, and smoke are released into the air where they'll linger.

    3. Filter Refresher

    Regularly check and replace the filters in your heating/cooling system to minimize contaminants in the air. Consider installing an electrostatic filter, which employs an electric charge to capture more airborne particles than standard filters.

    4. Smoke Signals

    Candles, cigarettes, and wood-burning fireplaces all release pollutants that worsen air quality and can even trigger health problems. To help keep your home's air clean, buy only nontoxic candles (such as unscented soy varieties), and don’t allow smoking indoors.

    If you must use a fireplace, use cured or dried wood instead of pressure-treated wood, and have your chimney and flue inspected and cleaned regularly.

    5. Solve dry indoor air problem - Maintain ideal humidity level

    When cold air is heated, it expands, causing the relative humidity (RH) in your home to decrease. This may be particularly evident in the winter months, when indoor RH can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts.

    Some signs the humidity in your home may be too low include:

    • Frequent allergies or respiratory illnesses
    • Scratchy, sore throat or excessive cough
    • Dry, irritated nasal passages
    • Dry, itchy skin
    • Chapped lips
    • Static shocks
    • Cracked, peeling wallpaper
    • Warped or cracked wood
    • Damage to household furnishings

    Designed to easily integrate with your HVAC system, a Dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air. Depending on the model you choose, you can control humidity in your entire home or a single area. humidifiers add moisture to your home’s air as needed to keep it comfortable

    Install a 0.3 micron or smaller air filter in your forced air system to stop the circulation of dust and other particles through your home. SEE: Home Air Filters Size Chart

  • What Happens When You Forget to Change Your Filter

    So you know you’re supposed to change your air filter regularly, generally every three months or even more frequently. But, life happens and often changing filters is something that we store in the back of our minds as we think about day-to-day life—work, kids and our social lives—and we might just forget.

    So what’s the danger in this? How will forgetting to change your air filter affect you, your family and anyone else who enters your home?

    Problem #1: You’ll experience a poorer quality of air in your home.

    Air filters & AC filters works to trap harmful particles like mold, pet dander and bacteria that would otherwise pollute the air in your home. If a filter isn’t changed in due time, it will simply run out of room to collect more of these contaminants.

     

    When something is spilled you grab a paper towel and cover the spill. After the first paper towel becomes too saturated to absorb anymore, you throw it away and grab and second one to continue cleaning up the spill. That second paper towel is necessary to keeping your home clean in the same way a new filter is.

    Problem #2 : Your HVAC system will work less efficiently, or not at all.

    In short, when you forget to change your air filter, contaminants like pollen and dust clog the filter and keep it from doing its job—cleaning the air that circulates throughout your home. And preventing your filter from doing the work it was deigned to do, not only keeps your HVAC system from doing the same, but also may harm it. and adds up to indoor air pollution which very harmful.

    Your HVAC system is powered by a fan motor that will have to work harder and harder to push air through a clogged filter. This additional pressure may cause the fan motor to overheat or even break entirely. Replacing a broken HVAC system will cost you—but so will letting an HVAC system run with a dirty filter. More work for the fan motor translates to higher charges on your electric bill. Additionally, a dirty evaporative (cooling) coil can dramatically reduce your airconditioners performance.

    Problem #3: You’ll inadvertently make your home dirtier.

    If your air filter becomes too clogged, the dust and dirt particles that it won’t be able to trap will simply recirculate throughout your home. This means dirt will collect quickly on surfaces within your house. Chances are, if you notice you’re dusting more frequently, it’s time to change your filter. No one wants to live in a dirty home, and cleaning more is certainly a pain, but it’s important to remember that the worst part of having more dirt in your home comes from breathing in that dirt. Failing to change your filter means living in an environment that will negatively affect your family’s health—especially if they have allergies, weak immune systems or other medical conditions.

    Furthermore, failing to change your filter can be negative for the environment as a whole. Remember, how clogged filters make your HVAC system work harder? As they expend more energy, your carbon footprint increases.

    Though changing your air filter may be an easy task to forget, it’s one that is important for your family’s health. You want to make sure the air they breathe is clean, especially if they suffer from allergies or conditions like asthma. If you need help remembering to change your air filter, try setting an alarm on your phone or marking your digital or paper calendar. Or you might align changing your filter with other important events on your calendar. Find one chore that you do every 3 months or more frequently depending on your needs, and plan to change your filter at the same time. If you’re noticing more dust in your home, or having more trouble with allergies than usual, you can take the hint that perhaps it’s time. When in doubt, just take your air filter out and see how dirty it looks. Changing your filter may be hard to remember, but the good news is, it’s a quick and easy way to improve your quality of life.

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