How to Make Your Indoor Air Healthier

3 Ways to Breathe Easier

Do cold temperatures have you trapped inside? As winter weather continues to blanket most of the northern hemisphere, now is a good time to go over a few how-to’s for healthier indoor air.

This Healthy Living Home Guide from EWG had lots of practical advice for keeping your home’s indoor air as free from harmful chemicals as possible. Here are some of their tips:

  • Girl Dusting CabinetsWet Mop or Dust Surfaces Frequently—Dust is not only an allergen it may also contain harmful chemicals. EWG recommends vacuuming rugs and wet mopping hard floors often to prevent dust from resettling. For furniture use a high-quality microfiber cloth, and skip synthetic sprays and wipes that add even more potentially harmful chemicals.
  • Be sure you home is ventilatedEnsure Your Home Is Properly Ventilated—Did you know that indoor air can contain up to five times more pollutants than outdoor air? That’s why, in winter months especially, it’s important to minimize sources of indoor air pollutants like VOCs, flame retardants and formaldehyde. You can also add houseplants like mother-in-law’s tongue, a spider plant or golden pathos to help keep the air fresh and clean.
  • Change Air Filters RegularlyClean and Replace Air Filters Regularly—At least every two to three months, and even more often if you’re doing dusty renovations or if you have pets or allergies. Reducing dust and maintaining proper airflow can help lessen your family’s exposure to indoor air pollutants linked to asthma, respiratory irritation—even cancer.

Energy Efficient HouseWant to make your home more energy-efficient this time of year? Check out our series of 21 Tips for Staying Snug this Winter.

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