Sealing up a home tightly for the cold Chicago winters may save on energy bills, but what will it do to a home's indoor air quality?
Don’t trade one problem for another by locking in stale, unhealthy air. Instead, spend this winter in a home that’s both comfortable and healthy.
First, manage the moisture. According to the EPA, a home’s ideal humidity level is between 35 - 50%. Anything higher than this can breed harmful bacteria growth, mold and mildew, causing health issues for your family. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, and exercise rooms tend to be the first rooms in the house to get too steamy. So, while a nice, hot shower might make us feel better this time of year, it’s not the healthiest idea for your home.
Here are 4 tips to fight humidity:
Second, release the pollutants. In addition to keeping out the cold, airtight winterized homes can also trap in harmful toxins. Kitchens and attached garages are the worst culprits. In these spaces, lingering odors are more than unpleasant, they indicate polluted air. You should:
Finally, take the “green” in “green home” literally and use live plants to help with moisture levels, AND filter the air. Ferns, ivy and spider plants are the most air quality friendly, and easiest to maintain.
For more information, visit the American Lung Association website.
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