Breathe Smart

Health Issue

Approximately 50% of illnesses are either caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality.

Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Tips for Controlling Problems

In the last several years, doctors and public health officials have found that poor air quality in the home is a growing problem, with significant health risks. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to reduce concentrations of pollutants in your home:

  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Get some houseplants (which clear the air of more than 300 types of volatile organic compounds)
  • Regularly dust with a damp rag
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • Select low-toxicity products and make sure they’re stored properly
  • Always read safe-handling instructions on household cleansers
  • Make sure the room is well-ventilated when using cleansers and aerosols
  • Remove shoes at the door to avoid tracking in dirt and pollen
  • Wash bedding and clothing with hot water and dry with high heat
  • Have a HVAC contractor evaluate your home’s air for potential problems
  • Install and properly maintain an air-purification system