The Argument for VentilationOpen your windows! Creating circulation is so important. The recent emphasis on energy conservation has caused homes to be constructed in an air-tight, sealed way; this traps pollutants right in your home. Ventilation can help remove the pollution.  The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute in New Jersey studied indoor air pollution and lung function and their conclusions directly cited improved ventilation as a means to reduce harmful effects of indoor air pollution. 
Tips to Improve the Air Quality in Your HomeHave your HVAC system cleaned regularly. Effectiveness of HVAC duct cleaning procedures in improving indoor air quality was examined by Florida International University in Miami; evidence suggested cleaning the system was beneficial.  Replace toxic or chemical-based cleaning products with natural, organic alternatives. There are options available and most appropriate stores carry at least a few of them. Or, make your own- vinegar and baking soda works great on drains.  Avoid the fragrant, aerosol spray cans. Instead, use essential oils with a diffuser. Lavender, lemongrass, and tea-tree or orange-blossom oil work great and don't contain any air-polluting chemicals. You can also dilute oils in distilled water and use with a spray bottle for a chemical-free home or office spray. Plants are natural air purifiers and great home decor. A study from NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America found that plants suck in toxic chemicals through their leaves, and the roots and soil bacteria remove trace levels of toxic vapors. As your budget allows, when replacing larger items, begin switching over to chemical-free, non-toxic furniture and bedding. Buy natural wooden furniture, not particleboard.
The Quick and Easy
- If you smoke, stop.
- To discourage mold and mildew, keep humidity levels low.
- Regularly check your fuel-burning appliances for leaks.
- Invest in a quality indoor air purifier, air filtration is one of the most feasible methods to improve IAQ. 
Enjoy the Cumulative Benefits of Breathing Clean Air
Breathing cleaner air isn't just for folks with asthma, allergies, or children. As much as doing it for the kids warms the cockles of our hearts, the fact is that we ALL can benefit from breathing cleaner air, especially over the long term; research proves it. A Brazilian study evaluated situations where ventilation had been in place for greater than 20 years; researchers found that the long term air-conditioning offered a protective effect against building-related worsening of respiratory symptoms. 
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