It’s time to kick the living styles and daily habits that could be putting a dent in your home’s indoor air quality.
Take a look at this list compiled with help from the American Lung Association that outlines some of the more common sources of indoor air pollution problems*. If anything on this list looks familiar, take steps soon to fix the problem—or at least nix the habit going forward.
Make sure everyone in your family keeps bathroom exhaust fans running during baths and showers, and for at least 15 minutes afterward to reduce musty odors and mold growth.
Sure, this one seems obvious, but secondhand smoke is still causing more than 41,000 deaths every year*. Don’t allow anyone to smoke inside your home. Ever.
Indoor humidity in your house can lead to mold, as well as promote the growth of dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria and viruses—all of which can negatively impact your house. Sneezing, congestion and worsening asthma are just a few of the symptoms caused by dampness and mold.
New building materials such as plywood, freshly installed carpeting and laminate flooring can emit harmful chemical fumes. Always look for building materials with low or no emissions, and air out building materials before doing any DIY projects in your home. It’s also a smart idea to keep rooms well ventilated as you’re working.
Don’t be fooled by fresh-smelling detergents and cleaning sprays. Your household cleaning products may have irritants that can cause headaches and more serious health issues.
Read all labels on household cleaning products before you buy them—it’s best to purchase products that have reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or, better yet, don’t contain any VOCs at all.