Don't Get Too Cozy At Home
A well insulated home can be both friend and enemy. The tight insulation that protects you so well from outdoor elements may also be trapping unhealthy fumes indoors. Here are some problem areas you should pay attention to and what you can do about them.
Gas stoves and other gas appliances give off toxic gases.
Vent the appliances outdoors.
Wood stoves and fireplaces emit gases; burning newsprint releases chemicals into the air.
Keep chimneys clean and install an air duct at the rear of the fireplace.
Forced-air heating systems blow dirt when filters are not kept clean.
Clean filters regularly.
Air conditioners and humidifiers breed bacteria, spores and fungi that can be released into a room.
Clean containers and filters regularly.
Carpeting and mattresses hold dust and dust mites that can invade the air.
Vacuum and steam-clean regularly.
Bathtubs, showers and toilet bowls breed molds, fungi and mildew.
Hairsprays and spray deodorants add chemicals to your indoor air.
Clean and scrub regularly. A vinegar and water solution keeps tiles free of growths.
Use sparingly, or switch to non-aerosol products.