Indoor Air Quality Matters

Ten Actions You Can Take for a Healthier Home

During Construction:

Let your builder know that high indoor air quality is a high priority for you and your family.

Refer to a Built Green checklist and ask your builder to highlight actions they are taking to improve indoor environmental quality.

While Living in Your Home:

Don't allow smoking in or near your home.

Clean with low or non-toxic products.

Minimize carpet. Hard surfaces are easier to keep free of dust, mold and mildew. If carpet is needed, install low emitting carpet that bears the Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label.

Avoid synthetic window treatment or those that cannot be easily cleaned.

Make your bedroom an "oasis," keeping out pets, dry-cleaned clothes, or printed materials.

Regularly maintain your heating and ventilation systems per manufacturer's recommendations (including changing filters).

Use low or non-toxic alternative when touching up interior finishes such as paints or varnishes.

Wipe your feet on entry doormats before entering your home.

Use low- emitting interior products and materials to avoid environmentally triggered illnesses