Protecting Yourself from Air Pollution at Home

Make healthy air in your home your goal. How? First, keep pollution out. Here are some easy, but important tips for healthy indoor air. For more details, visit the link in each tip. Second? Check out our tips on ventilation.

Keep Sources of Pollution Out of Your Home

  • Declare your home a smokefree zone. Never let anyone smoke indoors. Ask smokers to go outside.
  • Test your home for radon, an invisible gas that causes lung cancer. Every home should be tested since radon may be found in any home. If your home has high radon, it can be fixed.
  • Keep humidity levels under 50 percent. Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner, as needed. Clean equipment regularly so they don't become a source of pollution themselves.
  • Fix all leaks and drips in the home. Standing water and high humidity encourage the growth of mold and other pollutants.
  • Put away food, cover trash and use baits to control pests, like mice and cockroaches.
  • Avoid burning wood because it adds pollution indoors and out. Don't use outdoor wood boilers, also called hydronic heaters, to heat your home's water. They add unhealthy soot to the air in your neighborhood.
  • Don't use scented candles or fragrances to hide odors. Figure out what is causing the odor, then clean that up and ventilate to add fresh air.
  • Use cleaning, household and hobby products that are less toxic. Don't store hazardous chemicals in your home.
  • Plan ahead to protect your indoor air from wildfire smoke, especially if you live in a fire-prone area. You can use an air cleaner to create a clean room in your home

Indoor Air Quality Activities for Kids

Each member of the household, even kids, can play a role in ensuring the home’s air is as clean as it can be. To help teach kids the importance of indoor air quality and what simple steps can be taken to improve the air quality, view our Indoor Air Quality Activities for Kids.
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Page last updated: August 29, 2023

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