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Ensure Healthy Indoor Air This Winter

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According to health officials, the key to winter health is a healthy home, and a healthy home is a clean home. Most of us spend the vast majority of our lives indoors, especially during the winter. The issue with that is air pollution. Although we tend to think of air pollution as an outdoor problem, indoor air pollution is often far more dangerous because it exists at higher concentration levels. A chief reason for “sick” homes is inadequate ventilation. Other reasons include airborne pollutants in the home and even a lack of cleanliness. All of these sources are exacerbated in the winter, a time when our houses are more closed up and we’re spending more time in them. With that in mind, let’s consider ways to avoid indoor pollution and promote a  healthy indoor environment:

  • For optimal indoor air quality, use a portable HEPA air purifier. A HEPA filter removes 99.97% of airborne particulates down to 0.3 microns including pet dander, dust, dust mites, mold spores and more.

  • Use a HEPA air purifier with an activated carbon component, which extracts odors, gases, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals from your air.

  • Clean often. Toxic dust builds up quickly in the winter, so dust and then vacuum several times a week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to ensure maximum cleanliness.

  • Control humidity levels. The recommended level in winter for cold climates is 30-40 percent. Dry air can cause difficulty breathing, especially while sleeping, which can intensify the effect of air pollution.

  • Prior to winter, have an energy audit to determine if extra insulation is needed.

  • Hire a professional to inspect the home’s ventilation. Optimal ventilation is vital to a healthy home.

  • During the winter, monitor the roof for ice damming. This can be an indication of insufficient insulation. It can also lead to water inside the home, which can lead to a bevy of problems.

  • Replace your furnace filters on a monthly basis. Don’t wait for them to become visibly clogged because by that time they are already underperforming significantly.

  • Furnaces are a danger zone. A dirty or malfunctioning furnace can cause significant pollution in the home. Have a professional service your furnace annually.

  • Hire a professional to inspect gas furnaces and gas water heaters prior to winter. Over time, these units build up carbon monoxide. Eventually, they will exhaust poisonous air.

  • If you have a gas furnace or any other source of carbon monoxide, you must have a carbon monoxide detector. Install one immediately near the bedrooms.

  • Also, install the necessary amount of fire alarms and ensure optimal placement. Once a month, inspect all alarms and detectors, and verify that the battery is in proper working order.

  • Test the home for radon every year. The best time to test is in the heart of winter. Radon testing kits are often available through your local Public Health Department.

  • Do not idle vehicles in attached garages. This is dangerous year-round, but winter is when we’re most prone to do it.

  • Drain water from all external water faucets in order to prevent pipe bursting.

  • When the outdoor temperature is freezing, run water from indoor faucets at a trickle to prevent pipe bursting. This is particularly important when the home has no heat.

  • Avoid using space heaters in the home. If you must, ensure a three-foot clearance around them.

  • Never use an oven or similar device to augment heat in the home. Never use a charcoal or gas grill in the garage.

The biggest step you can take to ensure a healthy home for you and your family this winter is to buy a HEPA air purifier from a top-tier manufacturer. HEPA is an investment that will pay long-term dividends. It will ensure optimal air quality and promote a healthy environment. In fact, HEPA is so effective, hospitals use them, and many asthma and allergy sufferers experience relief after they begin using one. 

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