Protect Yourself and Your Family from Getting Sick this Cold Season

Posted by Scott Mise | 01.23.2015

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77735918 (2)While you can’t stop the spread of germs entirely during the cooler months, there are ways you can maintain a healthier home environment for you and your family this winter by improving your indoor air quality.

Here are some simple ways to reduce air pollutants in your house:

*Dust and vacuum regularly to reduce mold, dust mites, pollen, pet dander
*Wash bedding once a week in hot water
*Replace furnace filters often
*Purchase a carbon monoxide detection device
*Use non-toxic cleaning products
*Consider dry cleaning alternatives or air out dry-cleaned items in the garage or patio before bringing them indoors as dry cleaning products emit chemicals from dry-cleaned fabrics
*Air out and clean mold-prone areas of the home frequently like bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
*Wait for spring to jump on those home improvement projects that can generate high levels of pollutants
*Open windows and doors when weather allows
*Invest in air purifiers

Investing in an air purifier is a great way to reduce pollution in your home. There are many kinds of air cleaners on the market, ranging from table-top models to whole-house systems.

We recommend these types of air cleaners:

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting)
Considered to produce the best results. Removes a larger percentage of pollen and many asthma and allergy causing pollutants.

UV (Ultra Violet) Lights
Good for reducing bacteria, fungi and microbial growth on wet indoor surfaces.

Electrostatic
Remove particles by electrically charging them and then attracting those particles to an oppositely charged plate.

Activated Carbon
Effective at removing odors, vapors and gases.

You can enjoy your time indoors this winter and also maintain healthy indoor air. Follow the basic strategies of removing pollution sources, increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors, and invest in an air purifier to help keep your family comfortable and healthy.