Other Tips for a Healthy Indoor Environment
- Install a high-quality air filter on your central heating/cooling system and replace it every one to three months to keep the system operating efficiently.
- Replace the air filter on your vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which captures much finer particles than standard vacuum cleaner filters. Another option is to install a central vacuum system that exhausts the air outside your home.
- Use only cleaners, paints, adhesives, and building materials that are low in VOCs or contain no VOCs.
- Make sure new cabinets, furniture, and building materials such as plywood, particle board, and oriented strand board (OSB) used in your home are not made with adhesives that contain formaldehyde.
- Some houseplants have been shown to actually absorb harmful VOCs from the air. Plants that provided the most benefit include philodendron, peace lily, snake plant, dracaena, and bamboo palm. Check out our article on Best Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality to find out more.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Protect Indoor Air Quality in Your Home
- U.S. Department of Energy: Ventilation
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