23 Jan Protect Yourself and Your Family from Getting Sick this Cold Season
While you just can’t stop the spread of germs completely in the cooler months, there are several ways you can maintain a healthier environment for you and your family this winter by improving your indoor air quality.
Here are a few easy ways to reduce indoor air pollutants in your home and maintain healthy indoor air:
*Replace furnace filters frequently
*Dust and vacuum regularly to reduce mold, pollen, pet dander and dust mites
*Use non-toxic cleaning products
*Wash bedding once a week in hot water
*Consider purchasing a carbon monoxide detection device
*Open windows and doors when weather permits
*Consider dry cleaning alternatives or air out dry-cleaned items in the garage or patio before bringing them indoors as dry cleaning products emit chemicals from dry-cleaned fabrics
*Wait for spring to tackle those home improvement projects that can generate high levels of pollutants
*Air out and clean mold-prone areas of the home frequently such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
*Invest in air purifiers
Investing in an air purifier can be a great way to reduce pollution in your home. There are many choices of air cleaners on the market, ranging from table-top models to whole-house systems.
We recommend purchasing these types of air cleaners:
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting)
Considered to produce the best results as it removes a larger percentage of pollen and many asthma and allergy causing pollutants.
UV (Ultra Violet) Lights
Good for reducing bacteria, fungi and microbial growth on wet indoor surfaces.
Remove particles by electrically charging them and then attracting those particles to an oppositely charged plate.
Effective at removing odors, vapors and gases.
You can maintain a healthy indoor air quality this winter while enjoying your time indoors. Following basic strategies of removing pollution sources, increasing outdoor air coming indoors, and investing in an air purifier can help keep your family comfortable and healthy.