Seal Leaky Windows and Doors to Conserve Energy, but Be Careful, Breathing Issues May Result
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Seal Leaky Windows and Doors to Conserve Energy, but Be Careful, Breathing Issues May Result

Seal leaky windows and doors to conserve energy, but be careful because closed winter windows and doors can lead to breathing issues. Like asthma, headaches, sore throats and immune viruses.

Take measures to insulate your home, but be careful because closed winter windows and doors can lead to breathing issues and could be making you sick.

As the weather cools, many homeowners take measures to seal leaky windows and doors in order to conserve energy and guard against environmental pollutants.

But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and contains everything from smog and allergens to mold spores and viruses.

While it might sound simple to get some fresh air, the reality is that it's virtually non-existent in our homes and work places. Most of us assume that the indoor air we breathe is clean, but the truth is we're simply not aware of the pollutants in our air and the associated threats to our health.

We all want to save money on heating costs throughout the long winter months, and in fact, the EPA estimates that most people that live in these energy efficient homes and offices spend upwards of 80 percent of their time indoors. Thus oftentimes people get headaches or sinus issues and attribute these symptoms to things such as stress or a change in the weather, when it actually may be the result of what they are breathing in, in air tight energy efficient buildings.

Here are several air quality hazards to keep in mind, along with some easy remedies:

  • Allergens: Regardless of the time of year, dust, pollen and other allergens are ever present in the air we breathe, often sticking  to our clothes and furniture. Air purifiers can help alleviate the symptoms caused by allergies.
  • Consider using a targeted air purifier that delivers clean air right where you breathe, like at the head of your bed, near your computer at work, or by your favorite reading chair.  This new approach to air purification can be far more efficient and effective than traditional room air purifiers, and even less costly.
  • Germs: Between your co-worker sneezing and bacteria lingering on commonly used item, germs during cold and flu season are just waiting to be caught. Be sure to wash hands frequently and to cough or sneeze into the nook of your elbow to help reduce the spread of these germs.
  • Cleaning Supplies: Harsh chemicals and toxins can be found in most household cleaners. So read the labels before you start scrubbing away. All natural cleaning supplies or ones meant for home use (not industrial use) are best. Stronger chemicals, such as paints, solvents and industrial-strengths cleaning supplies, should be stored in a garage or shed.

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