Tips to Reduce Air Pollutants
Most people are aware of the pollutants outdoors, but did you know that some homes are more conducive to a healthy lifestyle than others? New homes with green features promote indoor air quality, but in any home there are steps you can take to reduce air pollutants in your home:
Replace Air Filters Often.
Air filters are designed to capture pollutants and allergens. Not only does replacing your air filters regularly improve the efficiency of your air conditioning, it improves your health, too. Not keeping up with your system’s recommended maintenance schedule can aggravate symptoms for allergy- and asthma-sufferers.
Keep Your Floors Clean.
A HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner can remove up to 99.97% of particles that pass through the filter (Wikipedia). Regularly cleaning carpets, rugs and drapes can alleviate allergy and asthma symptoms as a result of triggers in the home. Additionally, place doormats at every doorway to keep outdoor pollutants from tracking from room to room.
Avoid Synthetic Fragrances.
Scented detergents and air fresheners may smell good, but they emit dozens of chemicals. A WebMD article reported that a plug-in air freshener was found to emit up to 20 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including seven regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws – none of which were listed in the ingredients. (Only the word “fragrance” is required to be listed.) Avoid aerosol sprays and other artificial fragrances. Instead, opt for fragrance-free or naturally scented products.
Purchase Products With Safer Chemical Ingredients.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s “Safer Choice” label helps consumers identify and select products with safer chemical ingredients to protect our health, without sacrificing quality and performance. Previously known as the “Design for the Environment” (or DfE) label, the EPA’s program has identified over 2,000 products that qualify as safer, less toxic chemicals to use at home, work and more. (Click here to learn more about the “Safer Choice” program.)
For additional information on keeping your home healthy and pollutant-free, visit the EPA’s page The Plain English Guide To The Clean Air Act.
And if you want to know more about Pardee’s HealthSmart™ green-built homes, our New Home Specialists would love to help you get started.