How To Improve Air Quality In Your Home
Air pollution is often talked about, but many are surprised to learn that indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. Maintaining healthy air quality is as important as food or water quality. While many things can cause particles in your air, regular maintence is your best option for improving the quality of air in your home.
Source of Air Quality Problems
Poor air quality is the cause of extra particles in the air. Lead (dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardant solutions, radon, and even fragrances circulate in the air and attach to walls floors and furniture. They are often the cause of breathing trouble and can also create a serious mold buildup if left unattended.
Air quality suffers when there is extra moisture in the air. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to regulated humidity to 30-50 per cent in your home. Prevent water leaks by checking shingles for wear and damage – allowing water to seep into the roof will create mold. Always repair cracked windows, dryer venting and leaky plumbing. To prevent excess moisture and gas in the air, use an exhaust fan when cooking. Minimizing moisture in your home will improve air quality.
Dust and Particles
Furnaces and furnace filters are a leading cause of dust circulation in your home. Always keep filters and air ducts serviced, cleaned and replaced when needed. A dirty or inefficient furnace will create poor air quality and sometimes a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home. Minimize pet dander by brushing pets often. Keep their bedding clean and vacuum for fur often. Also eliminate smoking. Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals which can circulate in your home.
Fresh and Clean
Keep homes vacuumed, mopped and dusted regularly. Using an HEPA filter on your vacuum and micro fiber mops and replacing blinds with washable drapes will eliminate particles lingering in your air. Ditching scented cleaners and replacing them with cut lemons and baking soda will create that super clean smell without the chemical by-product. Decorating your home with toxin-absorbing plants such as spider plant and aloe vera will also improve your air quality.
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