Whether you're moving into an older home or new construction, air quality should be an important consideration as you settle in and make it your own. For 15 years, 3M has developed innovative filtration solutions for a cleaner, better indoor environment making Filtrete the leading brand* in 1" residential air filters. And with the more recent introduction of Filtrete™ Air Purifiers and 4" furnace filters for media air cleaners, anyone can help improve the air quality in their home.
*based on 2005 Nielsen panel data.
Tips to help keep the air in your new home clean
As you prepare to move into your home, remember there are both activities and products that can contribute to poor indoor air quality. From furniture, carpeting and paints to cleaning products and appliances, you can take steps to help reduce particles that decrease the quality of the air you breathe. These tips can help make your move easier, as they keep in mind ways to help keep your home clean and reduce the amount of particles in the air.
- Reducing clutter is one way to help keep dust from collecting in your new home. Sort through, throw away and give away any items that you do not need to avoid unwanted clutter in your new home.
- Use a high efficiency air filter, like a Filtrete® filter from 3M, in your central heating or air conditioning system. High efficiency filters can help reduce airborne microparticles.
- Change your filter at the end of the first 30 days after you move in, as move-in activity tends to generate extra dust and airborne particles.
- Change your filter every three months thereafter or per manufacturer's recommendations.
- When choosing paint, consider that all paints release trace amounts of gases for months following application that may cause upper respiratory irritation to the occupants. For this reason, selecting a no or low VOC paint can reduce the amount of chemical emissions introduced into the house environment.
- New carpet can emit VOCs when first installed. For this reason, it is recommended that you purchase your carpet well in advance of the installation. Unroll the carpet in a well-ventilated area for at least 24 hours to allow it to off-gas the VOCs.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector with a digital display in your home. Check it regularly. Carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas, can go undetected until health problems occur. Short-term and long-term exposure to high levels of CO can cause death.
- Test Your Home for Radon. It is an invisible, odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. A simple test can tell you if you have elevated radon levels in your home. Do-it-yourself short-term (3-7 day) radon test kits are sold at hardware stores and some departments of health.
- Be sure that the exterior and interior of your home is well caulked especially around windows and vents, to prevent water leaks. Without caulking, mold growth and structural problems may occur.
- When you are cleaning, try to avoid using aerosol spray products. Substitute pump-type products whenever they are available. Some aerosol products release particles in the air that can be inhaled into the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream.
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