Kids usually don’t want much to do with cleaning the house. They’d rather be outside playing, and who can blame them? But the lessons they learn in childhood last a lifetime. So, teaching children lessons in house cleaning can include the importance of creating clean air in the home. You can teach them this lesson through different tasks.
For example, turning a chore into a fun activity can help eliminate the perceived boredom that comes with cleaning. Here are a few activities to teach kids about creating clean air in the home and keeping it clean:
Changing the Air Filters
Air filters are easy to change. Most are located in a safe and accessible spot. This makes it safe in getting teens involved in removing and replacing them. They’re also a perfect teaching tool to show just how dirty the air filters can get. Dirt caught in the filters is dirt that doesn’t make it into the rest of the home. Change filters regularly.
While you may not want your children actually doing the task on their own, you can write the date of installation on the filter. Additionally, mark the replacement date on the calendar. When the due date arrives, the kids can remind you to change the filter. Furthermore, they can accompany you to see how much dirt was collected. It’s a simple, yet important task that gets everyone in on the action.
Turn off the Lights
Lights by themselves don’t do much in the way of generating pollution. It’s at the power generation level where the pollution occurs. The act of turning on a light bulb creates a power demand from the power plant. That demand requires fuel to generate the electricity. Encourage the kids to turn off the light when they leave a room for any length of time. It’s a great way to instill the idea of keeping the air clean without nagging. When kids are shown that their lack of action has a greater consequence to their world, they’re more likely to turn out the lights.
Energy producers are turning more and more to renewable sources instead of burning coal and wood. But this doesn’t change the need to turn out the lights. The less energy needed from any source, the better.
Open Windows at Night in Warm Weather
Air conditioning during the warmer months helps keep the home comfortable, but it also traps dust and other air pollutants inside. Open windows at night and use fans to circulate the air. Air is cooler at night and helps the home exhaust the heat. If the AC gets turned on during the day, it won’t work as hard to cool down the home because the internal temperature is already low.
These are some of the ways you can get your family to participate in tasks that keep the air clean in the home and atmosphere. Teaching kids to become energy and pollutant aware when they’re young helps them turn into responsible adults.
We hope that you found our tips on creating clean air beneficial, and you will implement a few ideas.