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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Americans spend most of their time indoors – especially during the harsh winter and scorching summers that grace Chicago. And because the walls of your home don't allow natural breezes to sweep the air clean, your indoor air is more polluted than the fresh air outside. Taking the time to improve indoor air quality in your Chicago home can pay off – both in comfort and in health.

  • Try switching to non-toxic cleaners. From drain cleaner to fabric softener, the materials you use to clean your home will enter your indoor air and become hazards you may breathe in. Use gentler cleaners to spare your lungs.
  • Install ventilation in your home. While a well-sealed home increases your heating and cooling efficiency, it can also help pollutants concentrate in your air. Ask your local HVAC specialists about ventilation options that still maintain your HVAC efficiency.
  • Keep your indoor humidity at around 35 to 45 percent. Too much humidity leads to mold and bacteria growth, while too little leads to paper and fixture damage and increased dust. Whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifers can improve indoor air quality significantly.
  • Clean your home regularly. Vacuuming and mopping will help control dust buildup, and keeping your space tidy will prevent any problems from sneaking up on you.
  • Consider adding an air cleaner to your central heating and cooling system. Cleaning the air in your home as it passes through the ducts can help you keep air throughout your home clean. UV lights will destroy mold and bacteria, an electrostatic air cleaner will pull out particulates without impacting airflow, and a HEPA filtration system offers the air-cleaning that's standard in hospitals and airplanes.

If you want to learn more about how to improve indoor air quality in your Chicago-area home, contact us at Comfort!

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