Mild Summer Day? Open Those Windows, Your Lungs Will Thank You!

In an era where traffic congestion is at an all time high, advice whether current climate changes are being cause by man-made influences is a hot debate, link and communities are spraying large areas to kill bugs or to kill weeds in public spaces, stuff it is easy to think that locking the doors and closing your windows tight is the best way to give yourself some healthy air to breathe.

In fact, even with all these offenders outdoors the typical indoor air (be it in an office, or in your home), is 2-5 times more polluted than the air just out your front door. According to the EPA…

“There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidifiers; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.”

In the peak of summer, and the depths of winter all is not lost. The American Lung Association has compiled Home Maintenance Guide divided into seasonally specific advice for how to limit pollutants in your home be it Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter.

Now, (allergies aside!)Spring and Fall give us plenty of chances the throw those windows open and let the outdoor air flow, but when those mild summer days, or those warmer winter days hit, be ready! Even a cooler August morning with a breeze can be an opportunity to freshen things up ahead of a hot and humid afternoon. AND, you will save a few bucks on your energy bills in the process.

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