You could be the most meticulous house cleaner on the planet and maintenance supervisor but still not prevent accidents or illnesses from impacting your family.

That’s not a criticism, just a matter of fact.  So, as fundamental as some of the following tips might be, it’s good to keep them in mind for the sake of everyone concerned.

  1. Keep dust out of your bed. Place zippered dust and dust mite proof cases on your pillows and mattress to help prevent allergy-like symptoms.
  2. Use a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner. Do you have a vacuum cleaner that spews as much dust and dirt out as it sucks in? You can solve that problem by replacing yours with a model that contains a HEPA filter.


  1. Pay attention to what you buy. Keep toxins out of your home by doing a little research before you buy. Plastic food containers, toys, vinyl shower curtains, and other plastic products are linked to hormone disruption, behavioral changes, and even cancer.
  2. Renovate carefully. If your home was built before 1978, there’s probably lead in the paint under the top coats on your walls and windows. When lead dust gets stirred up during a renovation, the toxic particles put your child at risk of developmental and learning problems. To help prevent harm to your family, hire only those contractors certified in safe lead removal.
  3. Ventilate your bathroom. A bathroom fan doesn’t do you much good unless it’s vented outdoors. Otherwise moisture will build up which can cause mold and mildew to form and spread.
  4. Purge textiles in your bedroom and living room. Area rugs, throws, blankets, and upholstered furniture all trap dust and are perfect breeding grounds for dust mites. Keep them to a minimum for a healthier home, and frequently clean the ones you have.
  5. Be prepared for fire. In 2017, on average, a fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  So, to help keep your home and family out of that statistical category, install a smoke alarm on every floor including the basement.

Heating and cooling system preventive maintenance also helps foster good family health.  By performing annual cleanings and inspections, Burton can keep your system running better, longer, and more safely. We also can help minimize dust and dirt floating through your air as well as spot mold in a leaking air handler to prevent breathing problems that unchecked mold build-up can cause.

Contact us today to schedule service, especially if it’s been a year or longer since your last system inspection.