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Air suspends particles. Most airborne
particles are harmless. However, others
can cause problems, particularly for
those with asthma, allergies or immune
disorders. There are four keys to keep-
ing your indoor air clean and healthy:
exclude, capture, clean and control.
Exclude – keep contaminants out.
Keeping contaminants out of the home
can be challenging because most
airborne particles are tiny and can
be everywhere. Pollen, carbon, mold
spores, organic matter, insect matter,
pollution, and plain old dirt enter the
home, transported on air currents,
clothing and shoes. By keeping doors
and windows closed, removing shoes
when entering and immediately chang-
ing your clothing after dusty activities
like yard work, you can reduce the entry
There are other contaminants that
originate from within the home. Pet
and human dander, food particles, dust
mites, cooking gases, sprays, chemi-
cals, cleaning agents and many other
particulates combine to reduce overall
indoor air quality. That’s why exclusion
is only part of the solution.
Capture – filter and contain that
which enters. When airborne particles
enter your home, they remain suspend-
ed for a period of time. Those that are
larger or denser drop out of the air and
settle on surfaces. Smaller, lighter parti-
cles remain suspended longer, and are
best removed by air filtration devices
and the filter on your home’s HVAC
(heating, ventilation and air-condition-
ing) system. Use high quality pleated
filters designed for your HVAC.
Clean – remove pollutants from
surfaces. Eventually, particles settle on
surfaces such as floors, furniture, count-
ers, windowsills, shelves and walls.
Vacuuming and dusting remove most
of the particles, but make sure that your
vacuum cleaner has good filtration also.
Hard surfaces can be cleaned with
electrostatic dusters or dust cloths that
attract and hold particles, or by wiping
hard surfaces with a damp cloth and
wet mopping floors. Other surfaces
such as carpet, area rugs and uphol-
stery will require periodic professional
cleaning to remove accumulated soils
Control – maintain equipment,
humidity levels and filters. Proper
maintenance is important. Ensure your
vacuum, HVAC system, range hood,
bathroom exhaust fans and so forth
are working optimally. Clean or replace
Speaking of filters, carpeting is the
largest air filter in most homes because
of it’s capacity to capture and hold
large amounts of soils and pollutants.
Keeping your carpet and upholstery
clean is one of the best ways to clear
the air in your home.
Call Service First Restoration for
more information or to schedule your
The Good Life
Warm Berry Compote
Cook frozen berries with orange juice in
your slow cooker for a yummy dessert
by itself or over ice cream.
6 cups frozen mixed berries
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1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated or-
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Stir together berries, sugar, zest,
and juice in a slow cooker.
Cook on High until bubbling,
about 1 1/2 hours.
Stir together cornstarch and wa-
ter in a cup until fully dissolved.
Stir into berry mixture.
Cook, covered, until thickened,
5 to 10 minutes more.
Serve warm or room tempera-
ture. Delicious by itself or
served as a topping on desserts
such as ice cream, angel food
cake or as a crisp.
Recipe courtesy allrecipes.com