1. 5 Ways to Celebrate National Indoor Air Quality Month
  • 5 Ways to Celebrate National Indoor Air Quality Month

    October 10, 2018

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    Get cleaner air at home this October with these five tasks to improve indoor air quality.

    • Research indicates that people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors*, where allergens congregate with volatile organic compounds. There’s no better time than National Indoor Air Quality Month to scan your home for ways to increase the breathability of your air. Take time this October to complete these five tasks to breathe better.

      1. Assess your space for allergens.

      Knowing what triggers asthma or other irritation is the first step toward cleaner air. Do you have damp spaces where mold can grow? A pet that carries dander? Certain areas that are prone to dust accumulation? Take note of these and other common breathing irritants such as secondhand smoke and chemicals.

      After identifying your environment’s challenges, take precautions to limit them. Declare your home smoke-free. Don’t let pets onto furniture. Clean out dust and dander by laundering bedding often. Frequently vacuum your furniture and carpets. Prevent pests by cleaning up spills immediately.

      2. Monitor for mold.

      Moisture and mold can create respiratory issues. Start by checking the main culprits in every home—any spaces that stay damp. Bathrooms and basements are common problem areas, but even overwatered plants can carry mold in their soil. 

      To prevent mold, control moisture. Fix leaks, increase ventilation, run exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, and pay attention to the drip pans of all appliances. 

      3. Clean out your cupboards.

      Survey your cleaning, household and hobby products, and responsibly dispose of those with higher toxicity levels. When buying paints or lawn mower gasoline, buy only as much as you need, and purchase alternative cleaning solutions that are environmentally friendly.

      4. Test for radon.

      False: That tell-tale musty smell is a good way to detect indoor mold, but mold doesn’t always smell—think small amounts of mildew on a shower curtain. You should use your eyes as much as your nose to detect mold in your home*.

      5. Get smart about air filter swapping.

      Regularly changing your air filter allows the heating and cooling system to work more efficiently to capture allergens in the air. Downloading the Filtrete™ Smart App on your mobile device will ensure you never miss a change. When connected to your Filtrete™ Smart Air Filter through the app, you’ll get notifications about the remaining life of your filter, along with information about the air quality in your area and additional tips to keep your indoor air quality in top condition.

      Sources:

      *Environmental Protection Agency