Protect Yourself and Your Family from the Common Cold

Posted by Scott Mise | 02.20.2014

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Even though it’s been unseasonably warm lately, we’ll move back into colder weather next week. And while you can’t stop the spread of germs completely during the cooler days, there are a variety of ways you can maintain a healthier environment for you and your family by improving your indoor air quality.

Here are some simple ways to reduce indoor air pollutants in your home and maintain healthy indoor air during the cooler months:
*Dust and vacuum regularly to reduce mold, pollen, pet dander and dust mites
*Replace furnace filters frequently
*Consider purchasing a carbon monoxide detection device
*Use non-toxic cleaning products
*Wash bedding once a week in hot water
*Wait for spring to tackle those home improvement projects that can generate high levels of pollutants
*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 such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
*Open windows and doors when weather permits
*Invest in air purifiers

Investing in an air purifier is a good way to reduce pollution in your home. There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on the market, including whole-house systems.

We recommend considering 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.
Electrostatic
Remove particles by electrically charging them and then attracting those particles to an oppositely charged plate.
UV (Ultra Violet) Lights
Good for reducing bacteria, fungi and microbial growth on wet indoor surfaces.
Activated Carbon
Effective at removing odors, vapors and gases.

You can enjoy your time indoors before the warmer weather is here to stay and maintain a healthy indoor air quality. Following the basic strategies of removing pollution sources, increasing the amount of outdoor air coming indoors, and investing in an air purifier can help keep your family comfortable and healthy.