May is Clean Air Month, which makes it the perfect time of the year to turn around your not-so-green habits. There are a number of changes you can make to celebrate Clean Air Month; here are a few you should consider making this May.
Stop using chemical cleaners
When choosing from a variety of heavy-duty cleaners, many of the strong smelling products can easily pollute the air. If enough chemical cleaners are used, the air can quickly become so polluted that it causes lung irritation. According to The Organics Institute, you should try to use white vinegar or regular soap and water to clean. There are also a variety of organic cleaners that donít use harmful chemicals to get the job done.
Replace your air filter
Air filters cut down significantly on the amount of pollutants in the air, so change these filters frequently to help keep the air in your home cleaner. If your air conditioner runs frequently during the late spring and throughout the summer, having a clean air filter is even more important.
Quitting smoking is a difficult task, but doing so is not only good for your health, it can also greatly improve the cleanliness of the air around you. Pollutants from cigarette smoke are as bad as those from automobiles and can sometimes cause even worse health problems. If you are a non-smoker who still wants to help make the air cleaner, consider promoting the American Lung Associationís Smokefree Air Challenge, which asks states to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.
Choose a cleaner way to commute
Choosing a cleaner form of transportation is one of the best ways to enjoy Clean Air Month. Start carpooling to your destinations, such as work or even to family parties. This will reduce the amount of pollutants emitted by vehicles. Other cleaner forms of transportation include biking, walking and using public transportation. Also, consider consolidating the number of trips made while out on the road in a car. Rather than making three separate trips, run three errands in one trip to reduce the amount of pollution emitted by the car.
Saving energy can help reduce air pollution significantly. Burning fossil fuels pollutes the air, so the less used in heating or cooling the house, the better. Reduce the amount of gasoline, natural gas and electricity used in the house to keep the air clean. Turn off the lights whenever a room is empty and change lighting from incandescent to fluorescent. Also, ask the local utility company for energy conservation tips and contemplate purchasing energy saving appliances. These changes are sure to help the environment and make the air less polluted.
Though May is Clean Air Month, it is important to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air all year long. By making these simple changes, you will help the environment, while also allowing you to celebrate Clean Air Month in an appropriate manner.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.