Making your home healthier is a vital part of good health. One thing that you may not consider, is the air you breathe in your home. Indoor air pollution, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is one of the top five environmental health concerns.
Here are six easy, yet important tips to help you breathe easier this year:
- Get your home tested for radon. Iowa has the largest percentage (71.6%) of homes above the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) radon action guideline of 4 pCi/L than any other state.
- Install a battery-operated or battery back-up carbon monoxide detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
- Use your range-hood fan when you cook. It’ll reduce cooking-related air pollutants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, and will lower humidity, which can encourage bacteria and mold.
- Buy and maintain air filters to prevent breathing in harmful partials that may linger in your home. Not sure where to start, here’s a great resource to guide you.
- Open your windows…yes, even in the winter. The effects of allowing fresh air into your home will drastically reduce pollution.
- Add some greenery to your home. Here’s a list of 12 common houseplants that can help reduce the risk of air pollution.
If you would like more information about how to make your home healthier, The Center for Disease Control shares this great guide, “A Healthy Home for Everyone”.