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Healthy House Principle #4
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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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Keep it well ventilated
A well ventilated house means there is fresh air circulating throughout a room or home. It is important to ventilate a house to keep moisture levels down (obvious examples include kitchens and bathrooms) and it help to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home. If too little outdoor air enters the home, pollutant levels can build up.
Most home owners use natural and mechanical ways to ventilate their homes. Natural simply means we open doors and windows to let fresh air move throughout the home. This works well in the fall and spring, but the middle of winter may cause some issues. That is why using mechanical devises are the key this time of year.
Mechanical is the use of exhaust fans usually placed in kitchens and bathrooms to help control moisture and fumes. But, many times these devises go unused by home owners and are not turned on frequently enough to serve their purpose! It is also important to make sure these vents are not blocked and they are truly venting to the outside.
Another important mechanical method is a home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Have the HVAC unit inspected annually; this will help you save money. The machine will work more efficiently and last longer with regular care. Given that we've had some earthquakes … inspect the ductwork and make certain that ALL connections are connected. Otherwise, the "bought air" is being wasted!
Lastly, be sure to replace your air filters regularly and purchase the right filter for your HVAC unit. This simple step can save you in both money and air quality!
Information provided by Dr. Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Housing Specialist – 7 Principles of a Healthy Home Workshop Series.

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