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clear the air

Q: I've heard that air quality can be poor in homes, especially during the winter months when everything is shut tightly and people spend more time indoors. What are some tips for improving the air in our home?

Home indoor air quality (IAQ) is a very important factor in maintaining our lung health, especially for those suffering from lung diseases like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There are many actions we can do to improve our IAQ. The following are the top easy ways to improve your winter Alaskan home IAQ.

You can call the free American Lung Association Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA to ask questions about these tips or to find out more. I hope these tips will help you breathe easier in your home this winter!

Maegan Weltzin is a life-long Alaskan and is the Fairbanks Manager of the American Lung Association ( in Alaska.