I don’t know about you but I’m busier in these next ten to fourteen days than almost any other time of the year. I love this time but sometimes I forget to think about the air my family might be breathing indoors. It’s cold (for most) outside and so windows and doors are shut tight. There is a lot of cooking to be done for friends and family. We love the sounds and especially the smells of the holiday season. Most of these “must-dos” or at least “really likes” unfortunately cause some amount of indoor air pollution. So, what can be done?
If you are up for it, perhaps only run the gas fireplace sparingly. Maybe, only when there are actually people in the room to enjoy it. And, if you can stand it, crack a window at night just to let a little fresh air in. We tend to lower our thermostats slightly overnight
when we are all cozy in our warm beds anyway.
For the cooking issue, just make sure you are using your exhaust fan as much as possible, And, of course, make sure it vents to the outside.
As for the candles, air fresheners, potpourri or whatever you use to make your home “smell” like the holidays, again, just use them a little more sparingly. If you have a family with very sensitive allergies perhaps eliminate them all together. Let something else bring the warm holiday feeling.
Of course, always make sure your filters are clean. This not only helps clear the indoor air it also helps your heating unit run more efficiently, which, also saves you money. And, who doesn’t like to save money, particularly at this time of year? Also, with all the foot traffic in and out of your homes right now, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. It helps more than you’d think.
None of this is rocket science. Pretty much just good common sense. Just wanted to get you thinking a bit. As always, if we can help you clean up your indoor air even more this holiday season visit our site or give us call. It’s not too late!
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