Here are some tips on staying healthy as the colder weather drives you indoors:

Bad indoor air can trigger coughing, chest tightness, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks.

Improve Your Air Quality:

  1. Keep your home clean. Dusting, wiping down surfaces and vacuuming prevent allergens and pollutants from building up around the house.
  2. Clean your air ducts if you have forced-air heating.
  3. Change the filters in your furnace every 2 to 3 months, depending on usage.
  4. Boost ventilation in your home through trickle ventilation on your windows or doors, which allows fresh air to enter through a small opening, while filtering out harmful pollutants.
  5. Use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in your air conditioner or purchase a separate HEPA air cleaner to clean the air within a single room.
  6. Vacuum your home twice a week and be sure to include the carpet edges and upholstered furniture. For hard floors, use a mop and plain water to clean the floors once you’ve vacuumed.
  7. Buy cleaners and paints that have no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or are low-VOC.
  8. Buy a house plant to naturally purify indoor air and absorb pollutants.
  9. Open a window or turn on the fan while cooking on a gas stove. Gas stoves emit nitrogen dioxide, an irritant. Other appliances that release particulates into the air include space heaters, ranges, ovens, furnaces, fireplaces and water heaters.

Other Indoor Air Pollutants:

Secondhand smoke is considered another indoor air pollutant; it contains
nearly 4,000 chemicals including: Ammonia, Butane, Carbon monoxide, Chromium, Cyanide, Formaldehyde, Lead, Polonium.  Avoid these toxic chemicals and stop smoking. If you’re not ready to kick the habit, take it outside.