How to help im­prove your in­door air qual­ity

The Goderich Signal-Star - - News -

Did you know that poor home air qual­ity can lead to a va­ri­ety of health-re­lated is­sues, like al­ler­gies, headaches, chronic fa­tigue and in­som­nia?

When spend­ing more time in­doors dur­ing the cold win­ter months, it’s im­por­tant to re­duce dust and al­ler­gens in­side the home to help im­prove the air you and your fam­ily breathe.

And while it may seem like an­other chore, chang­ing your air fil­ter is the first step to a health­ier win­ter. By chang­ing your fil­ter reg­u­larly, in­door air qual­ity will be im­proved, and your fur­nace won’t have to work as hard, which will save you money on en­ergy bills. Here are five easy steps rec­om­mended by The Home De­pot Canada to help you get started.

1. Start with a clean slate. Be­fore you be­gin, work to elim­i­nate any sources of in­door con­tam­i­na­tion such as ci­garette smoke, mould or mildew. 2. Out with the old. Turn off the power to your fur­nace and re­move the old fil­ter. Once you re­move the fil­ter, mea­sure its size and use this as a guide­line while shop­ping for a re­place­ment. 3. In with the new. Even your fil­ters can get in on the smart home trend to make your life eas­ier.

4. In­stall and record. Fol­low the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions to in­stall your new fil­ter and make a note of in­stal­la­tion date. Gen­er­ally, ex­perts rec­om­mend re­plac­ing your fur­nace fil­ter about ev­ery three months

5. Keep tabs. Check your fil­ter reg­u­larly. If you have pets or a dusty en­vi­ron­ment, your fil­ter may re­quire chang­ing more fre­quently than ev­ery three months.

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