Heating and cooling
- Ensure your furnace, fireplace and wood stove are in good working order with regular inspections.
- Change the filter on your furnace as directed by the manufacturer.
- Have someone inspect your heating ducts every two years to see if cleaning is required.
- Maintain your air conditioner as directed.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector and check it regularly to ensure that it is working properly.
- Provide adequate kitchen ventilation, such as a stovetop exhaust fan that can vent outside.
- Open a window or run a fan when cleaning, especially when using a strong cleanser.
- Don’t idle your car for any length of time inside an attached garage. (Idling outside is also discouraged for its environmental impact.)
- If you must smoke, make sure that you do it outside.
- If your smoke alarm is continually going off in your kitchen, you’re probably cooking at too high a temperature.
- Repair flood and water damage within 24 to 48 hours. Remove minor amounts of mould with soap and water, not with bleach, which just adds another chemical to the unhealthy mix.
- Use a dehumidifier during the summer to remove excess moisture from damp rooms, especially basements.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to effectively remove dust mites.
- Wash bed sheets at least every two weeks.
- Choose tile or wood floor instead of carpet, which holds dust mites.
- Don’t store any paints, solvents or varnishes in the home.
- Choose low- or no-VOC paints indoors.
- If you buy furniture made from particleboard or MDF, make sure to coat and seal all of the exposed edges to prevent off-gassing.