Indoor air quality in the new year
Indoor air quality in the new year: Let’s clear the air
By Lauren Weigel, Broan Global Category Director – Household Ventilation
It’s the new year, and we’re all inundated with recommendations on how to “start fresh” and “embrace wellness”. What we don’t often hear is how the air quality in our own homes can impact our health. Broan’s recent survey of homeowners shows that while most of us are aware that indoor air quality (IAQ) can be a problem, many of us lack the practical understanding of how to eliminate unhealthy air from our homes.
Here are some quick (and stress-free) tips for improving your home’s air quality this year:
- Install a fan or hood. Make sure your kitchen is fitted with a range hood and each of your bathrooms is fitted with an appropriately-sized bathroom fan.
- Use it every time. Remember to use your range hood every time you cook and use your bathroom fan every time you shower.
- Follow the 10-minute rule. Use your range hood for at least 10 minutes after cooking to eliminate lingering smells and particulates. Let your bathroom fan run for at least 10 minutes after showering to fully remove humidity.
- Clean it monthly. Clean range hood filters and bathroom fans once every month to ensure maximum effectiveness.
- Replace as needed. The average effective life of a range hood is 10-12 years. Bathroom fans should be replaced when they no longer prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging.
As we enter the new year, please remember that our overall health and wellbeing goes beyond the food we eat and the activities we participate in; proper ventilation in our homes is vital. Cheers to breathing easy in 2019!