Now that spring has sprung, a lot of you have started spring cleaning. Warmer weather means more open windows and fresh air through homes. It can also lead to mold, dust, and other airborne particles that can make you sick. Here are some tips to maintain a healthy home while you begin spring cleaning.
1. Use fans. Especially in the bathroom, it’s important for warm air to circulate out of the house to prevent mold in your bathroom. Make sure exhaust fans send air outside and not into the attic or another room. A range hood above your stove keeps carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide out of the air when using a gas stove. And you can save money on air conditioning when you use a ceiling fan to circulate air in a bedroom or family room.
2. Use an air filter. You’d be surprised to find out that indoor air pollution can be 5x worse than outdoor air pollution! Aside from controlling odors, an air purifier removes pollutants from the air.
3. Make sure you have a ventilation system. With a lot of new homes built, the homes are sealed very tightly in the name of energy efficiency. It’s essential to allow fresh air in and stale air out. If you are buying new construction, check to see what kind of ventilation system is going in.
4. Clean! Make sure sponges are sanitized, cutting boards and utensils are thoroughly washed after using them for raw meat and fish. Clean showers after each use to prevent inhalation of bacteria.
5. Upgrade your vacuum. And make sure bags (if you don’t have a bagless vacuum) are removed as soon as they’re full or they’ll release dust in to the air. Vacuums now come with high-filtration filters and can help rid the house of allergens.
6. Be careful when remodeling. It creates A LOT of dust. So make sure that your duct system is thoroughly cleaned out (by a certified company if necessary) after a remodeling project.
7. Install carbon monoxide detectors. It’s now Illinois law that these are located within 15 feet of a bedroom. For little money, these can go a long way to save lives.