TOM: Are you sniffling and sneezing? Well, it might not be from a cold. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: The EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. What’s more, indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air.
LESLIE: So take steps to keep indoor air clean, clear, and healthy. Start with your heating and cooling system by checking and changing air filters regularly and adding a whole house air cleaner to reduce allergens.
TOM: And as you improve your home choose green building materials that are free of off-gassing VOCs. Plus, air out new carpeting and furnishings to let fumes escape before bringing them indoors.
LESLIE: And finally, if you’re up (ph) to keeping an extra-clean home, use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter and switch to nontoxic non-aerosol cleaning products. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.