I just replaced
the furnace filter ó every six months, as directed by the
professional who visits to fine-tune it periodically.
Looking at the
accumulated dirt made me glad it was the filter, not my lungs, that
looked so sooty, but it made me wonder about indoor air quality.
We have central
air-conditioning, so our windows stay closed in the summer. When I do
open the windows in the spring and mid-fall, there is a lot of
sneezing because of pollen and leaf mold.
Winter is when
much of the world locks down, however, and the experts tell me that
indoor air quality can suffer as a result.
ranges, ovens, furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters and building
materials in the home can seriously affect air quality, as can dust
mites, pet dander and smoking.
dander, mites and other pollutants and allergens to a minimum helps
prevent respiratory problems and allergic reactions, including
coughing, headaches, itchy and watery eyes, shortness of breath, even
Here are three
suggestions from air-filter manufacturer Permatron Corp., based in Elk
Clean it up.
While most people ascribe to spring cleaning, getting your home ready
for winter is equally important. Use a damp cloth to dust tops of
doors, window frames, cabinets, artwork and ceiling fans. Dust and
vacuum air vents, under furniture and behind the refrigerator.
outside dirt, sidewalk and road chemicals, and other pollutants into
your home. Simply add grass or rubber mats outside, so people can wipe
their feet before entering. Ask your family as well as guests to
remove their shoes and store them on a rubber mat next to the front
door to keep from tracking dirt and pollutants throughout the house.
Keep mites away.
Combat them by keeping the humidity about 35 percent; drier air
discourages mites. Clean drapes and bedding frequently in hot water.
recirculating fan to "on" instead of "auto." The
"auto" setting causes the fan to shut off with the rest of
the system as soon as the desired temperature is reached.