Improve Indoor Air Quality in your home

 
Improving indoor air quality in your home is so important to your health. TotalProtect®  Home Warranty experts are pleased to share recommendations from the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Star® Heating and Cooling Guide to help you and your loved ones breathe cleaner, higher-quality air year-round. Best of all, most are free or low-cost suggestions!
 

Welcome Fresh Air Into Your Home Whenever Possible

Opening your windows and doors helps rid your home of indoor pollutants and stale, accumulated air. If your bathroom or kitchen fans exhaust to the outdoors, it is even better.

Use Cleaners, Pesticides and Spray Cans With Caution

The EPA urges caution whenever you use products like household cleaners, pesticides or aerosol spray cans (hairspray, air fresheners, spray paint, etc.) as these may release pollutants or other chemicals that could irritate your eyes, nose or throat. Follow instructions exactly from each manufacturer for usage and proper ventilation.  

Check Your System Filter Monthly -- and Change It Regularly

TotalProtect Home Warranty technicians explain that keeping your filter clean prevents dust and dirt from building up in your heating and cooling system, which can prevent premature failure. But more importantly, it helps protect your health, as these filters trap dust and other pollutants. The EnergyStar.gov website advises a monthly filter check and a filter change whenever it's dirty -- or at least every three months.

Control Your Indoor Humidity

High humidity means there is a lot of moisture in your air. This can be a breeding ground for mold and also affects the concentration of indoor air pollutants. The EPA recommends that you keep your indoor humidity between 30 and 50%. To test your indoor humidity level, get a moisture or humidity gauge: you can usually find this at home improvement or hardware stores.

Seal Air Ducts

Energy.gov estimates that a typical house loses about 20% of the air moving through duct systems because of leaks, holes and poor duct connections. This drives utility bills higher and reduces your indoor comfort. According to Energy.gov, homes with poor duct performance tend to have stuffy rooms that never seem comfortable or easy to heat/cool; higher summer and winter utility bills; and tangled or kinked ducts that are typically located in attics, crawlspaces or garages. Ducts that are sealed and well-designed can bring you a safer, more comfortable living environment and higher energy savings.

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The information in this article is intended for the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are intended to indicate coverage by our home warranty or service plans. Please review your contract carefully to understand what your product coverage entails.

Indoor air quality tips shared in this article are published by the Environmental Protection Agency and the EnergyStar.gov Heating and Cooling Guide.

 

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