MicroShield, Maintain home's air quality in winter

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Maintain home's air quality in winter 

During the winter months, when homes are closed up tightly, indoor air quality might be worse than the outdoor air quality. This is not good for your family's health. But there are some things you can do to improve indoor air quality.

Dust will always be with us, but regular vacuuming with a unit containing a really good filter -- like a HEPA filter -- will remove a lot of it.

Make sure you clean or replace your furnace filter monthly. Pay slightly more and get a better-quality filter that removes the smaller particles.

Keep in mind as you are cleaning your home that many chemical cleaners give off heavy fumes that stay inside your home. Re-read the labels if you haven't checked them in a while, and make sure you aren't supposed to provide extra ventilation. Substitute with the old standbys, like vinegar and baking soda, when possible. They are much safer to use anyway and don't give off any fumes.

If you do any construction indoors, like painting or recarpeting, make sure you use products that don't emit fumes after the installation (look for products that are "low-VOC" or "no-VOC"). Or wait until spring to do the projects, when you can open the windows and clear the air.

If you have your carpets cleaned, make sure the service uses safe chemicals and soaps, and cleans all traces from the room afterward.

If you must treat for bugs, remember that if the stuff you use can kill a bug, it might not be too good for you either. Use it sparingly and, again, maybe wait until spring or at least a day when you can air out the house afterward.

Many dry-cleaning products emit chemicals into the air of your home. Hang clothes in the garage or on a patio to air them out before bringing them indoors and into your closet.

When the weather is mild, open up your windows and air out the house. That crisp air is a sign that it is clean air. Why not trade some of your stale air for the fresh stuff? This is especially helpful if anyone in your home has had a cold.

Plants can help filter and clean your air. Add a plant to each room, and let it do its thing. It might make your home look nicer, too.

These are simple things, but they can really help your home smell and BE fresher!

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