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10 Tips for Healthier Home Air This Winter

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RISMEDIA, Oct. 24, 2007-Closing up a home for winter weather can make allergies and asthma worse, due to sealing in aggravating indoor air pollutants. Indoor air pollution poses a greater health risk than air pollution found outdoors. Dangerous gases such as formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) come from items like furniture, carpet and building materials.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently ranked indoor air quality among the top five greatest threats to public health. Based on recommendations from the EPA, SafeHome Filters has developed a list of tips for a healthier home.

1. Store pesticides, paints, glues, and other chemicals outside the home.
2. Make sure the home is well ventilated when painting or using cleaning agents.
3. Use high quality chemical and allergen filters in your heating and air conditioning system.
4. When pollen, dust and pollutants such as ozone are present outdoors, keep your home sealed and use your air system to filter air in your home.
5. A solution of equal parts vinegar and water is safer and, in many cases, more effective than common cleaning agents.
6. Don’t smoke! If you must, smoke only outside and away from windows; change clothes before interacting with children.
7. Burn unscented soy candles as an alternative to scented paraffin candles.
8. Choose wool carpet over carpet made of synthetic material. The natural fibers in wool carpeting off-gas significantly less than synthetic fibers.
9. Use only natural or zero VOC paint inside the home. Paints and finishes can release VOC emissions for years after application.
10. Choose furniture and cabinetry made from wood, not composite wood materials such as particle board. Formaldehyde is commonly used as an adhesive in composite wood, and is a known carcinogen.

SafeHome Filters offers safe, easy and highly-effective solutions for removing hazardous gases, odors and allergens from indoor air. By reengineering the same chemical pollution filters used to protect top-tier operating rooms and major airports, SafeHome Filters work with existing home air systems to purify air throughout the home. Because not all air systems are the same, solutions are specialized for different filter locations. SafeHome Filters offers additional indoor air quality information, as well as filters for purchase on their Web site.

For more information, visit www.safehomefilters.com.

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