By utilizing the nine simple steps below, you can have a healthy home with improved indoor air quality in no time, and everyone will be breathing easier (pun intended!).
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Tips to a Healthier Home
1. Insulate your home to keep your family comfortable and improve energy efficiency. SAFETOUCH™ Insulation contributes to improved indoor air quality and resists mold growth.* SAFETOUCH™ Insulation doesn’t contain added formaldehyde or itchy fiberglass fibers.
2. Air Seal your home to keep critters and insects out and conditioned air in! Use GREAT STUFF™ Insulating Foam Sealants and save money on your utility bills, too! For usage tips, check out the Air Seal Audit Checklist.
3. Review the EPA’s tips 4 for preventing and controlling mold. Mold spores produce allergens that can trigger asthma attacks and cause sneezing, runny nose and red eyes.
4. Keep your home free of radon, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer 5 by ensuring your home is properly insulated.
5. Ditch tobacco products. The toxic chemicals found in secondhand smoke from products like cigarettes can irritate lungs, or worse, lead to heart disease or lung cancer.
6. Consider purchasing a hygrometer to maintain the relative humidity in your home between 30–50%6 7. High humidity encourages mold growth.
7. Install a carbon monoxide detector8. Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas that is odorless and tasteless. Inhaling high levels of the gas poisons your body and can be deadly.
8. Limit the use of pesticides and household chemicals containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat; damage the central nervous system and kidneys; and increase the risk of cancer.
9. Change air filters every few months to make sure dirty air isn’t re‐circulating through your home.
You can find more valuable information online about how to protect your indoor air from pollutants from the American Lung Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
* Doesn’t support mold growth.
1 SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation.
2 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 1997.
3 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Mold Basics.”
4 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home.”
5 American Lung Association. “Radon.”
6 California Environment Protection Agency Air Resources Board Fact Sheet. “Reducing Your Exposure to Formaldehyde.” August
7 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Dust Mites.”
8 Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. About.com: Chemistry. “Carbon Monoxide Detectors.”
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