_1. Maintain your heating and cooling system
The best way to keep your equipment running at peak performance is to have a licensed
HVAC professional do annual tune-ups. It’s also important to clean or change air filters
once a month.
2. Divide your home into zones
Zoning divides your home into separate comfort areas, which are heated or cooled
based on your needs. It allows you to change temperature in one area without affecting
3. Manage moisture levels
In winter months, a humidifier attached to your furnace or air handler can provide relief
from dry air. During the summer season, a dehumidifier helps keep the air from
becoming too sticky or damp.
4. Fix air leaks
Sealing leaks around your home help you get the full performance out of insulation. The
biggest gaps are usually found in the attic and basement.
5. Take steps to control allergy triggers
Dust mites are one of the most common triggers of allergy and asthma symptoms.*
Cleaning surfaces and regularly washing linens can go a long way toward controlling
these irritants. Another option is to filter them out of your home with an air cleaner.
6. Reduce toxic chemicals
Everyday household products—including many cleaning products—can fill the air with
toxic chemicals. You can create a healthier home by using chemical-containing products
only when absolutely necessary.
7. Consider the safety of children and your parents
The design of your home and arrangement of furnishings inside can have a major impact
on safety and comfort of children and older adults. Look around your home for potential
hazards, like loose electrical cords and scatter rugs. Also, turn the water heater
temperature down to the 120°F or low setting.
*Source: American Lung Association, 2005