When we think of air pollution, we probably don’t think inside our home. Images of big, hazy cities fill our mind instead. We spend hours in our homes every day, so air quality is important. The air inside homes can be just as polluted as the air outside.
Dust, chemicals, fragrances, smoke, pollen, and tiny organisms (bacteria, moulds and viruses) can be found in the home. There’s also gaseous pollutants which come from building materials, furnishings, adhesives, paints, varnishes, cleaning products, and pesticides.
Whether you’ve just re-painted your walls or had a new mattress delivered, pollutants can enter your home from many sources.
To stop allergies and improve air quality in your home, follow these five tips;
- Keep your floors clean
Grab that vacuum, broom and mop, and get cleaning. Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in dust over years. Spend an hour every week reducing concentrations of dust, hair and fluff on your floors. Enstate a ‘leave shoes at the door’ rule.
- Watch your humidity levels
Dust and mould thrive in humidity. Keep them in check by maintaining a healthy level of moisture, using a dehumidifier. This can help reduce moisture indoors and effectively control allergens. Natural ways to achieve this is to open your windows, especially when you’re cooking.
- Avoid chemicals
While a summery lemon scent is nice to wake up to, synthetic fragrances release chemicals into the air. The same goes for your laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and air fresheners. Instead, look for fragrance-free products and stop using aerosol sprays. Let fresh air in when you can and bring nature indoors. Hello indoor plants!
- Hang your clothes outside
Use that good old-fashioned washing line to dry your clothes, not the machine. It will reduce the moisture in the air and there will be no nasty fabric softener chemicals entering the air. You’ll save money on power costs too, so it’s a win win.
- Check your air conditioner
During summer, we rely on our air conditioners to keep us comfortable. Make sure your system is serviced at the beginning of each season by an expert. It’s important to check and clean the coils and filters to avoid contamination. Air conditioner filters need to be replaced at least twice per year.
Maintaining clean air inside your home requires a proactive approach. Start with making sure your air conditioner filters are pollutant-free. Do you best to eliminate the sources of pollutants by following these simple strategies.
Remember these three things: source control, improved ventilation, and air cleaning.
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