May 2012 is Clean Air Month! Supported by the American Lung Association, Clean Air Month is a time to educate people about the many health benefits of clean air. It’s also a time to take positive steps of your own to help improve the air quality in your life. And what’s more personal than the air in your own home?
As one of the leading home insurance agencies in Ohio and Kentucky, the safety and security of your home matters to us. A healthy home is a happy home, and there’s nothing better than that. So today we present 12 clean air tips for your Ohio or Kentucky home in celebration of Clean Air Month.
12 Tips for Clean Air at Home
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. CO is tasteless, odorless and poisonous, so detectors are essential for keeping your family safe.
- Vacuum regularly to keep dust mites under control. Dust mites make the air in your home dirty.
- If someone in your home is allergic to a pet, keep the pet outdoors or—at minimum—keep the pet aways from the allergic person’s bedroom.
- Test your home for radon on a regular basis. Radon is deadly and can only be detected through testing.
- Make sure your kitchen is well ventilated. The smoke and heat you create when cooking can reduce the air quality in the rest of your home.
- Use natural cleaning products in your home to avoid exposing your family to contaminants in the air.
- Replace carpets with wood or tile floors. Carpets can hold many contaminants that are detrimental to your health.
- Make sure your bathrooms are well ventilated. This tip will help keep humidity levels in your home low. Low humidity keeps air pollutants at bay.
- Never leave your car running inside your garage. The fumes can seep into your home and cause big problems.
- Consider purchasing an air purifier if someone in your home is especially sensitive to allergens in the air.
- Don’t allow smoking in your house.
- When you paint, use low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and make sure the room is well ventilated. Low-VOC paints release the least amount of contaminants in the air.
These are just a few tips for purifying the air in your home. Can you think of more? Leave a comment with your own clean air tip for the home below and have a happy and healthy Clean Air Month!