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Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants come from activities, products and materials we use every day. The air in our homes, schools and offices can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air.

  1. Use natural cleaning products, which contain no volatile organic compounds or toxic chemicals.
  2. Test for radon.  This colorless, odorless gas significantly raises the risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today.
  3. Install HEPA air filters to help purify the air in your home and change regularly.
  4. Don't smoke inside.
  5. Place door mats at all doors to eliminate tracking in chemicals, dirt and other pollutants on shoes. 
  6. Clean and vacuum regularly to remove dust, dirt, and particulates that build up indoors.
  7. Use low/no VOC products - avoid using fly sprays, pesticides, air fresheners, strong smelling cleaning products, and choose low/no VOC building materials, paints and furnishings.
  8. Buy houseplants. Plants remove chemicals and pollutants from the air.
  9. Check air and furnace filters at least every two months, and replace or clean regularly.
  10. Use indoor air purifiers to remove air pollutants.
  11. Maintain healthy level of humidity. Dust mites and mold thrives in high moisture environments. By maintaining humidity level between 30%-50% will keep allergens under control. A dehumidifier will help to reduce moisture indoors.

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