EPA Indoor Environments Division sent this bulletin at 05/31/2018 03:00 PM EDT

June is National Healthy Homes Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joins the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in recognizing June as National Healthy Homes Month.

We invite you to use this opportunity to learn about the relationship between indoor air, housing and health. Resources are available that can assist you in advocating for healthy housing.

EPA’s Indoor Environments Division shares HUD’s goal of ensuring healthy homes by maintaining healthy indoor air. The following strategies will help maintain and improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ):

  • Source Control—Eliminate sources or reduce emissions. For example, adjust emissions from gas stoves, and eliminate sources of mold and moisture.
  • Better Ventilation—Use exhaust fans when cooking or showering.
  • Filters and Air Cleaners—Change the filter in your heating/cooling system and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Also, consider using an air cleaning device.

You can improve your home’s air quality by using “green” cleaning products, not smoking indoors, testing your home for radon and upgrading your heating and cooling systems to be cleaner and more energy efficient, among many other actions.

Celebrate National Healthy Homes Month with EPA’s Indoor Environments Division and HUD! Follow the links below to resources that can help you improve your home’s IAQ: