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How to Maintain FRESH Air While Shutting Out the COLD!

Feb. 19, 2015
On days like today, it's clear why you'd spend your winter shut indoors and shunning the cold. But you may not realize that your indoor air quality suffers because all the fresh air ... is outside.

Staying warm and comfy is often the only priority on our radar when it comes to subzero Michigan winter temperatures, and pointing out that people need clean air may seem unnecessary. But many may not realize when the air isn’t clean because you can’t see it, but it can still affect you. Having doors and windows closed and sealed allow for warmth and efficiency of course, but are also shutting out any fresh air from getting inside. Maintaining your indoor air quality and the warmth of your home all winter long takes just a little effort.

What's Polluting Your Air?
There may not be cars, trucks or factories in your living room but there are still various factors at work polluting your indoor air. Pets, although cute, can leave pet dander that can reduce your air quality. Anyone who has animal allergies knows how pet dander affects air quality, but what if you don’t have allergies? Pet dander is tiny pieces of skin shed by your pets; they can be found everywhere, including homes without pets, and can end up inside our respiratory tract. Pets also discharge allergy-producing proteins through their saliva, feces, sweat, and urine.

Do you use air fresheners? If so, this is another air pollutant that lingers in your home, especially during the winter that leaves pollution behind. Air fresheners only make the air smell better, it’s actually polluting and reducing your indoor air quality.

The products you use to clean your home can also pollute your air. Chemical products can help get rid of dust and dirt, which helps, but they also leave behind pollutants.

Mold and mildew are two other contaminants that can form easily in the home if defensive measures aren’t taken.

These major areas put your indoor air quality is at risk. These pollutants can cause issues even if you don’t have allergies or asthma but can be doubly problematic for those who suffer from these symptoms.

What Can You Do About It?
There’s hope! There are options to filtering or purifying your air without letting go of your pets or giving up cleaning through the winter months.

The simplest option would be to crack a window whenever the weather permits. In Michigan, the weather may not permit. However there’s still a way to bring fresh air into the home. If you have an attic fan, turning it on will help push out the dirty air and replace it with fresh air.

Use a humidifier. Controlling moisture can prevent issues like mold or mildew from forming in your home. A humidifier allows your home to have more or less moisture and also makes the air in your home feel warmer without having to turn up the thermostat. A humidifier can also ease breathing for children and adults with asthma or allergies. Keeping your humidifier clean is also important for clean air. Make sure to change your humidifier pads and clear the unit’s reservoir so they don’t cause bacteria or mold.  If there is an excess of moisture in your home, a dehumidifier can help.

Install an Air Cleaner. Installing an air cleaner or purifier helps you breathe easier, literally and figuratively. Air cleaners can re-purify your indoor air and remove the allergens. Air purifiers are many times more effective than the filters in your furnace. Some models can capture and kill airborne germs, allergens, bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces.

Replace your filters. About once every three months, replacing furnace air filters allows your furnace to work more efficiently as well as keeps your air cleaner. Filters catch dust, dirt, pollen and some pet dander.

You spend 90 percent of your time indoors, the air you breathe is as important to your health as the foods you eat. Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air; keep your family safe by taking the steps necessary to make sure your air is clean.
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