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3 Effective Ways to Keep Your Home’s Air Clean

While most people think that air quality only pertains to the outdoors and relates to environmental contaminants, the reality is that indoor pollutants and contaminants can be just as dangerous to you and your loved ones. You may think that because you take steps regularly to clean and sanitize your home that your air quality would be wonderful. However, if you want your home’s indoor air to be healthy and clean, you may need to take a few additional steps.

Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system circulates air throughout your home on a regular basis. This means that if it picks up contaminants that are already in your home, it will pass these contaminants around and make them airborne. When you have a clean air filter and clean air ducts, the contaminants can collect in the air filter. On the other hand, when your ducts and filter are dirty, the indoor air may actually become even more polluted. The HVAC equipment can also get dirty and affect indoor air quality. In addition to regularly cleaning your air ducts and replacing your filter, you need to schedule annual HVAC service with a company like Tuck & Howell to clean the equipment.

Use Your Range’s Fan

Cooking is not an activity that many people think about when they are concerned about indoor air quality. However, cooking many types of foods can generate pollution that is unhealthy to breathe. It is not reasonable to avoid cooking in your home, so removing the pollutants is necessary. One of the best ways to remove pollutants is to turn on the fan that is located over your range each time you cook. This includes when you are baking items in the oven.

Take Your Shoes Off

Your shoes can also be a source of pollutants. On the bottom of your shoes, particles from everywhere you have walked recently are found. This may include pesticides from the gross, animal waste, oil and automotive residue and much more. You can easily track these items into your home, and the particulates can build up over time. By simply taking your shoes off, you can eliminate much of this problem. Remember to also wipe your pets’ feet each time they come into the house from outdoors.

Poor indoor air quality can make you and your family members sick. However, you have great control over the quality of the air that you breathe indoors. Follow these tips to create a healthier environment in your home.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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TOY GIVEAWAY TODAY and FRIDAY

Who -

**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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