What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Home's Air Clean

Chloe Taylor shares some valuable information and tips on how to keep your home's air clean.

We spend a lot of time worrying about the air pollution outside, but we are forgetting about the air quality in our homes, since we tend to presume that our homes are the safest places to be in. Sadly, we’re mistaken. Indoor air can pose a serious health threat, especially because we spend most of our time inside. The cumulative effects of indoor pollutants (e.g. mold, gases, household products, volatile organic compounds and pesticides) can increase the risks of heart diseases, asthma, and other conditions. Knowledge is your most powerful tool against these health hazards, so here are the things you need to know about keeping the air inside your home clean and safe.
The Most Dangerous Pollutants

Not all pollutants are alike, and some are more dangerous than others. The deadly three you should minimize, or even better, get rid of completely, are carbon monoxide, secondhand smoke and radon gas. Dealing with the second is easy: don’t allow smoking in your house, instead ask the smokers to go outside. Carbon monoxide detector should keep you covered when it comes to exposure to this odorless gas and testing for radon is the only way to determine whether your home contains this dangerous gas. 
Keep Your Walls Chemical-Free

Lead paints and paints containing volatile organic compound (VOC) can release toxins months and years after application. Lead-based paints were popular in houses built before the ‘80s, so if your house is one of them, avoid any serious remodeling works that require sanding or disturbing the walls in any way since it can release a lot of toxins. If you are planning on repainting, use VOC-free paints. 
Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
Humidity can cause mold and mildew which are linked with higher risk of coughing and asthma symptoms. Most of the moisture issues come from the roof, basement and foundation, so make sure you check those places for leaks at least once a year. 
Purify the Air
Sometimes you will need extra help to clean the air in your house, and this is especially important for kids’ rooms and bedrooms. Quality air purifiers can get rid of piled up contaminants and help with problems such as coughing, snoring, unpleasant smells, allergies and more. 
Get Rid of Dust Mites

Dust allergies are very frequent and they can affect respiratory system, eyes and skin. The main causes of these allergies are dust mites. You can get rid of these microscopic pests by using a dehumidifier to keep the moisture lower than 50%, steam cleaning upholstered furniture, removing carpets and using dust-mites-resistant covers.
Ventilate the House
Proper ventilation is the best way to maintain optimal air quality in your house. It helps controlling moisture levels, as well as removing various contaminants from indoor air. Besides frequent opening of the windows in all rooms, you can also install exhaust fans.
“Green Up” Your Household
Many of the household items (especially those meant for cleaning) release a lot of toxins in the air, which can cause serious harm when piled up. Look for organic cleaning products, or make some yourself from the ingredients such as lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda. Also, try to use natural hair and nail products.
And Clean Up Regularly

Cleaning up after your pet and regular dusting are the most direct roads toward clean interior air. Steam cleaning is always the best way to clean carpets, furniture and heavy drapes, since it doesn’t send additional contaminants into the air. Besides dusting and vacuuming, you should also clean your air conditioner and dehumidifier. 

Now that you have the knowledge you need to defeat indoor air contaminants, it is about time to start the fight, so that you can create a healthier future for yourself and your family. After you’re done, take a deep breath and feel the difference. 


jade said...

I did several rounds of spackle-wait-sand-spackle-wait-sand before painting - our walls are all in awful shape and I could probably spend a solid month doing nothing but repairing them.

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