Testing for poor indoor air quality
Aside from keeping known pollutants out of our homes, there are several strategies for keeping the indoor air healthy. At the top of the list is maintaining proper ventilation, which can be done most easily by just opening up the windows at regular intervals (even in the winter). Using green cleaning products can help cut way back on the toxins in your home, as citrus and pine-based solvents can react with ozone to create formaldehyde. Keeping pesticides out of your garden and off your lawn can also help, as they're easy to track in on shoes and clothing. It's also important to keep filters and vents clean, as pollutants can cycle through air ducts and central heating and cooling mechanisms.
Avoiding poor indoor air quality: further reading
For further reading in TreeHugger, check out our top 5 plants for improving indoor air quality, our picks for improving the quality of the air in your homes, and read up on considerations when picking out an indoor air filter. For outside sources, we recommend checking out the US EPA's indoor air quality site, along with the US National Library of Medicine's Environmental Health and Toxicology indoor air quality section and the Medline Plus Indoor Air Pollution section.
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