We all tend to spend a lot more time indoors during the cold winter months. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, on average.
Homes today are built and designed to be tighter and closed to control heating costs and operate more efficiently while keeping our homes comfortable in the cold weather. Since it’s can be difficult to make sure that your space is well-ventilated when it’s freezing outside, it’s important to look for other ways to keep clean indoor air.
Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to improve the quality of the air in your home this winter:
- Clean humidifiers regularly. Using these devices is common practice in the winter when the air is drier, but if they aren’t cleaned often, they can throw germs and toxins into the air.
- Use an air purifier. Some air filtration devices can remove up to 99% of the air pollution in your home!
- Ventilate as much as possible! While you definitely won’t be hanging around with your windows open all day like you can in the summer, consider opening them while you’re cleaning just to get some fresh air flowing in. Reduce your use of aerosol cleaning sprays.
- Don’t forget about the exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens – these can be very helpful for ventilating your home. Make sure the fan and screen are clean and free of grease and debris.
- Be sure to check the dryer in the laundry room see that it is properly ventilated outside reducing further dust circulation.
- Vacuum cleaner- Make sure the bag or canister is changed regularly and the cleaning head sanitized before use.
- Duct Work- Have them sucked out or clean the screen or cover on the air intake.
- Change the air filters on the heating furnace.
- Wipe your feet on Dr. Doormat as you enter the home. Avoid bringing outdoor pollutants carried on the soles of your shoes inside by using one of our antimicrobial treated mats to remove the toxins from your shoes.
- Do not shake out doormats, bath mats or sheets in the home. The small tiny dust particles will be launched and circulated through the air vents all over the house.
Follow these tips to improve your indoor air quality this winter so that you and your family can breathe easy and stay healthy while staying warm inside.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!