National Indoor Air Quality Month
Filtrete™ Brand from 3M commissioned a survey of over 3,000 adults, during the 1st week of October, to see what they knew about indoor air quality, what affects it and how you can change it. Some of the findings were pretty interesting!
According to this survey, 54% of adults believe that indoor air quality is about the same or better than outdoor air quality. Basically, this means that people don’t realize that there are way more air pollutants inside, than outside and yes, your house is WAY dirtier than you think it is!
It also seems that 38% of the people surveyed consider the bathroom to be the dirtiest room in the house, but only 1/3 of those people use the exhaust fan properly! How do you use it? While you shower? For a few minutes after your shower or until the mirror is clear?
As for deep cleaning? Only about 20% of Americans do it maybe once every 6 months, if EVER! 1/3 of people said they don’t clean their air ducts and barely ever clean anything that’s out of arms reach. Another 10% admitted to not even moving any furniture when they clean!
Do you know how often you should check or change your air filter? According to this survey, 54% of adults in the US have no idea.
Tips To Help You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality:
It is important to understand what activities affect indoor air quality, and steps people can take to improve the air inside of their homes. There is a lot to keep track of, from pets to everyday cleaning activities, cooking and the use of fireplaces or candles.
The moist, warm environment of the bathroom makes it a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can result in a moldy – and smelly – space. Make sure you run your bathroom exhaust fan while you’re in the shower and for at least 20 minutes afterward to clear out the moisture buildup that attracts mold and mildew.
Cracking a window or two while cleaning, dusting, spraying or cooking can help improve indoor air quality. Did you know that vacuuming may kick up dirt and dust particles into the air, which can take more than two hours to settle. When planning for company, make sure you allow enough time for the dust to settle before your guests arrive. No more last-minute, quick vacuums!
A lot of people think a filter needs to be change monthly and some people, simply forget about changing the filter at all. The EPA recommends checking monthly, but changing quarterly.
Simple steps like checking and changing your air filter at least quarterly, remembering to run exhaust fans in all bathrooms to reduce moisture and mold, and properly ventilating your house while you cook or clean can greatly improve the quality of air you breathe inside your home.
For more helpful tips on how to improve indoor air quality, visit www.filtrete.com/culprits.