The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joins the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in recognizing June as National Healthy Homes Month.
Take this opportunity to learn about the relationship between indoor air, housing and health. Check out the resources available to advocates of healthy housing.
EPA’s Indoor Environments Division shares HUD’s goal of ensuring healthy homes by maintaining healthy indoor air. The following strategies will help to maintain and improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ):
- Source Control — Eliminate pollution sources or reduce emissions. For example, adjust emissions from gas stoves and eliminate sources of mold and moisture.
- Better Ventilation — Use exhaust fans when cooking or showering.
- Filters and Air Cleaners — Change the filter in your heating/cooling system, following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Using an air-cleaning device also may be an option.
You can improve your home’s air quality by using “green” cleaning products, not smoking indoors, testing your home for radon and upgrading your heating and cooling systems to be cleaner and more energy efficient, among many other actions.