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Greener Air is Cleaner Air

Greener Air is Cleaner Air

This was written by Felicia Baratz of Eat Breathe Blog.

When it comes to the topic of clean air, many people think about the air outside. But indoor air quality also has a significant impact on your health and the environment.

Pollutants in the home, such as tobacco smoke, fumes and chemicals from cleaning products, and automobile affect the environment around you. They are also factors contributing to increased incidences of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other upper respiratory problems. Being proactive can result in cleaner, greener air in your home, which can keep you and the environment healthy and safe.

Tips for getting cleaner, greener air

Keep a clean home. Cleaning your home prevents air filters from becoming clogged with dust, which, in turn, helps your heating and air conditioning system run more efficiently. Use environmentally friendly cleaners or make your own homemade natural cleaners, rather than introduce toxic household cleaners into your environment. Diluted solutions made with vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean most every surface.

Change air filters, clean ventilation systems. Regularly changing the air filters in your heating and air conditioning unit is a vital practice to maintain clean air. Choose an air filter that removes allergens, such as pollen and mold spores and dust mite debris. Have heating and cooling systems serviced annually, to reveal any potential problems that could be compromising your air quality.

Quit smoking. Tobacco products of any kind are quite dangerous in your home. In this day and age, most everyone knows that smoking or chewing tobacco is bad for their health. But secondhand smoke is equally dangerous for others in your home. Sending a smoker outdoors to smoke isn’t any better. Recently, experts have begun discussing the impact of ‘thirdhand smoke,’ residual toxins that are left behind on a smoker’s clothes or hands and that clings to other surfaces.

Be cautious when using heaters. Indoor kerosene or gas space heaters can emit pollutants, so if you’re using one, crack a window and don’t keep the heater in a closed room, where fumes can build-up. If your home has a fireplace, have your chimney inspected for any defects that could cause fumes to back-up into your living space. Wood-burning stoves require additional precautionary measures.

Be careful with your car. You may be tempted to run your car for a little bit when it’s cold outdoors, but move the car out of the garage first. Carbon monoxide fumes can be lethal, and they’re also very bad for the environment.

Improve air quality naturally. Plants add visual beauty to your home and they also help improve air quality. Houseplants release oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the air to naturally improve air quality. Add half a dozen or more average-sized houseplants throughout a three-bedroom home to sufficiently improve air quality.

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Breathe easily and safely

Except for smoke and dust, bad air quality is often invisible. Pollutants from chemical-based cleaners can impact the air you breathe inside while damaging the environment. Changing the air filters in your home is important, but other steps must be taken to keep the air you breathe clean. Incorporate green practices in your home and use environmentally friendly products to reduce or eliminate chemical exposure. Even though you may not see the difference, your body will benefit by breathing cleaner, greener air and so will the environment.

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Improve Air Quality

Easy Ways to Improve Air Quality in Your Town

This guest post is by Billie Seddon of nrdc.org.

The desire to keep the environment clean and beautiful continues to grow stronger every year. While most people understand the importance of not littering and keeping water supplies clean, keeping the air clean can be a little more complex. Air quality is incredibly important for health, and you would be amazed at how easy it is to do your part.

Get Moving

Traveling by car is often necessary, but you can make more of an effort to move around by foot or bike. Carpool when possible, and make the trip by foot when you can. Moving around on your own is great exercise, and it’s an easy way to improve air quality.

Save Gas

Every gallon of gas you save is not only putting money back in your wallet, but it’s also saving the air quality. There are several things you can do to burn less gas.

  • Drive conservatively to avoid burning fuel unnecessarily. Accelerate slowly and coast when possible to boost gas mileage and help the environment.
  • Plan trips carefully to avoid driving miles you don’t have to. Do all your errands at one time, and teach the kids to walk to their friends’ homes instead of asking for rides all the time
  • Stop idling the car. Cars don’t have to idle to warm up, they will warm up better with slow driving for the first few miles. You also don’t have to let the car idle at lights. If you are going to sit for more than 30 seconds, you will actually save fuel by shutting the car down.

Maintain It

The best way to boost air quality is to boost car maintenance. Regular oil changes, properly inflated tires and tune-ups all boost our gas mileage. It’s a great way to save money, extend the life of your car and clean up the air around you. You also won’t have to worry about breaking down while in traffic, and your car will have a higher resale value when the time comes to get a new car.

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Lower Utility Bills

Unless you’ve embraced the solar revolution and are using renewable energy sources, then you are contributing to pollution every time you turn on the furnace. Producing electricity and delivering gas drives pollution, so you can clean up the air by reducing your energy consumption at home. Homes are major energy hogs, but there are easy things you can do at home to change that.

  • Turn the furnace down a few degrees, lower the temperature on the water heater and try to use the air conditioner less. A few degrees won’t cause you any discomfort, but it can help save the environment.
  • Keep the major appliances in your home working efficiently by having them serviced regularly. This is especially important for the furnace and air conditioner. Change the air filter often to keep the system working efficiently .
  • Passive improvements make a difference. Caulk cracks around the house, add insulation and put replace worn weather stripping around doors.

Saving the environment isn’t as difficult as you might think, and most of the changes will save you money in the process. The air quality around you will improve, and you will even improve your finances and health in the process. The changes are easy, and the effects can be profound. Get started today, so you can reap the benefits tomorrow and for years to come.

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