Home air quality dips in the winter
Put away the screens, pull down the windows and lock down the house for the winter months! Not so fast. Before you go into hibernation for the long Minnesota winter, open a
door or window and breath in that fresh northern air. Take it all in because for the next few months, the closest you may get to fresh air in the house is a door left open by accident, a leaky window or a chimney flue that needs to be closed. While you pine away for that invigorating spring air, take note of your surroundings and begin to improve air quality during the winter months.
What many people don’t realize is that our homes are filled with pollutants. Things like cleaning supplies, paint, your wood burning fire place and even your carpet. Here are a few things you can do this winter to ensure a higher level of air quality.
Pay attention to cleaning products
Okay, you may end up spending a little more money for organic cleaning supplies, but pay attention to labels and find those products that reduce pollutants in the air. Whether it’s glass cleaner, dust sprays or carpet freshening products. They all have chemicals that can impact your air quality.
Paint with low or no VOC paint
Winter can be a wonderful time to take care of household projects – especially around the holidays. If you’re painting rooms, furniture or decorations, be sure you’re using low or no VOC paints and finishes. It wouldn’t hurt to crack a window, just be sure you close it before you “heat up the entire neighborhood!”
Check for Radon
Nothing like radioactivity in your home to muck up the air quality! Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that emits from the ground beneath your home. The fix for this is fairly simple, yet not something most people can handle alone. First, hit the hardware store and get a kit to test for radon. If you see that you’ve got a dangerous level of radon in your home, consult an HVAC professional or a qualified plumber to help you.
Monitor your humidity levels
Dry skin, clothes and hair with too much static are just a couple of indicators of a house that may be too dry. Yet, you can overdo the humidity as well. When condensation forms on your windows creating mold on your window sills, you can develop a problem with mold growth among other things. Consult a professional if you’re not aware of the right humidity level for your home.
If you’re a smoker or live with a smoker, do your family a favor and go outside to smoke. Sure, it’s cold outside, but at least your tobacco smoke won’t impact the air quality for the rest of the members of your family.
Remember, while we’re all under lock and key to save energy costs during the winter months, our home air quality dips. Stay aware of the products used in your home and breath freely until spring beckons open your windows and doors!
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