October is indoor air quality month, a time to raise awareness surrounding a mostly invisible problem of potentially harmful effects of poor air quality inside many homes. In fact, pets, cooking and everyday cleaning activities like vacuuming and dusting may kick up millions of particles we can’t see into the air we breathe. And, cold winter months can worsen indoor air quality, as many close the windows and run their furnaces, reducing natural ventilation.
Some ideas to help with air quality:
·Proper Ventilation – Cooking is a big source of indoor air pollution, particularly if you have a gas stove; be sure your kitchen is well-ventilated, and open windows and doors while cooking.
·Humidity Control – Run exhaust fans in bathrooms, remove mold growth and promptly fix all leaks to reduce the potential breeding ground for mold spores and bacteria.
·Changing your Air Filter – The EPA recommends checking your home’s air filter monthly and changing it at least quarterly to help improve indoor air quality. 3M Filtrete filters are 90% effective at capturing dust, pollen and mold spores, 25% more effective than other filters on the market.
·Eliminate Toxic Products – Check what chemicals are in your hair/nail products, art supplies and cleaning solutions, look for products marked “low VOCs” and use only in a well-ventilated area.