Breathe Easy: Top 10 Tips for Your Lungs

Feeling stiffled in life? Maybe its your indoor air quality! Let’s feng shui it with some tips from the American Lung Association, because, believe it or not, according to them, indoor air quality is more often than not more toxic than outdoor air because of all the synthetic construction materials and products in homes these days. Here is the American Lung Association’s Top Ten Tips for a Healthy Home‚ especially for people have ANY breathing maladies:

1) Declare your home a smoke-free zone. Secondhand smoke can cause serious health problems, especially for children. Ask smokers to take it outside.

2) Good ventilation reduces indoor air pollution. Leave doors between rooms open most of the time for better air circulation. Open windows when possible to allow for a good supply of outdoor air. Install exhaust fans in bathrooms to remove moisture and chemicals from the house.

3) Keep humidity levels low with a dehumidifier or air conditioner, as needed. Clean both regularly so they don’t become a source of pollutants themselves. Fix all leaks and drips in the home, as standing water and high humidity encourages the growth of mold and other biological pollutants.

4) To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, have all fuel burning appliances inspected by a qualified technician once a year. Install a carbon monoxide detector near your sleeping rooms.

5) To keep dust mites and other allergens to a minimum, clean regularly. Wash bedding materials in hot water (at least 130°). Consider replacing carpet with area rugs that can be taken up and washed often.

6) Fit your gas range with a hood fan that exhausts the air outside. Use the fan or open a window when cooking to remove gas fumes.

7) Check commercial cleaning products and pesticides for toxic ingredients, and use according to manufacturer’s directions. Ventilate your home well when using these products. Consider switching to less toxic alternatives.

8) Test your home for radon. Use a radon test kit labeled “Meets EPA requirements.”

9) Never leave a car or lawn mower running in an attached garage or shed. Avoid the use of unvented heaters or charcoal grills indoors.

10) Call your local Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA for more information about avoiding indoor air hazards in the home.

Do what you can to up your air quality and spread the word!

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