inside your home can be 100 times worse than outdoor air. Clean
up your indoor air in 5 easy steps.
Air Clean Up Tips
your home for radon - Radon is a colorless,
odorless gas that can cause cancer. Every home in Minnesota
and Wisconsin should be tested. Home test kits are available
at Home Depot and many hardware stores. For more information
visit the Minnesota Health Department website http://www.health.state.mn.us/ and
click on "radon" under hot topics.
your indoor humidity - Humidifiers are a
way to make our indoor air livable during the cold, dry winter.
But if we're not careful, they are a breeding ground for
germs and can add too much moisture to the air causing mold
to grow. A germ free humidifier can help control germs and
a hygrometer can tell you when you are over-humidifying.
Find the "Germ-Free Humidifier" at http://www.gaiam.com/
Use a room air purifier with
a HEPA filter - A
small portable air purifier can remove pollen, dust and smoke
from a room. Purchase one with a HEPA filter to catch the particles
and make sure that the purifier is large enough for the room
size. Avoid purifiers that emit ozone. Purifiers are available
at any store that carries small home appliances.
electrostatic furnace filters - Electrostatic
pleated filters cost up to 5 times more than the cheap flat
furnace filters but they last 3 times longer. They also will
attract and filter significantly more dust, dirt and pollen.
Electrostatic pleated filters are available at any home store.
Use natural air filters and fresheners
- Chemical spray and wall plug filters are
out! Use plants to help keep your home fresh and clean.
Spider plants, peace lilies and ivy are the best. Try
natural volcanic rock that controls odors without masking
them. Find zeolite products at http://%20www.nurture.net/