air quality is really important. Many people believe that their
indoor air is better than the outdoor air because there is less
pollution. However, the lack of ventilation, especially during
the winter, causes a home to become musty. The poor quality air
is linked to various health problems, including blocked sinuses
and breathing issues.
good news is you can do something about it. You can improve your
home's air quality relatively easily; and it doesn't mean freezing
during the winter! Here are a few tips to follow.
it a rule that there is to be no smoking in the house. This is
really important to keep the air quality as fresh as possible.
Avoid smoking in the house even if you are by an open door or
window. The smoke will still blow back into the house and affect
the area indoors. Close the door behind you when you go outside
for your cigarette, cigar or pipe.
not just smoking that causes problems. Soot-producing items, such
as the fireplace, and candles also cause indoor air quality to
become poor. Limit the use as much as possible, even during the
winter months when it is getting cold!
the Humidity to a Minimum
the humidity is high, you will suffer from a variety of problems.
This is the perfect environment for bacteria, dust and mould spores.
It doesn't take a lot of reduce the humidity in the home; you
could buy a dehumidifier for the rooms. Portable ones are beneficial
if you move between rooms often.
having a shower, make sure you turn on the exhaust fans. Without
these, the mist will remain in the room and create a breeding
ground for all the things that you don't want. Opening a window
isn't enough for this but if you don't have a fan, and can't place
one in the home, it is better than nothing.
Your Home Clean
you don't have to make it spotless but a regular vacuum and cleaning
various floors and worktops is really good for improving your
air quality indoors. This prevents dust mites and mould spores
developing anywhere. Both of these will lead to poor air quality
and mould can be extremely dangerous to the health.
you have a pet, you will need to clean your home on a more regular
basis. Animal hairs, flees and the things pulled in from the garden
are all linked to poor air quality.
is best to use vacuum
cleaners that have HEPA bags. These stop the dust from being
pushed back out of the suction and going back into the air!
Your Pillows and Duvets Often
amazing how many people forget about their pillows and duvets.
Just because they are covered most of the time doesn't mean they
are clean. Dust collects on them all the time, along with other
bacteria and particles. It's really important to wash them on
a regular basis. Buy pillows that can be machine-washed to help
limit the amount of dry cleaning that needs doing.
only item that you may have trouble with is your duvet. It may
be too large for your washing machine. Instead, send it into a
dry cleaners or go to a Laundromat with a larger device. This
should be done once a month, at least, to help limit the amount
of dust that collects on it.
and Replace Air Filters
filters will get dirty. They're designed to help improve the air
quality but when they're dirty, they do the exact opposite. Check
them every three months or so to make sure they are still clean
and run a cleaner over them if you need to. When they need replacing,
do it as soon as possible to avoid any lasting effects.
not just the air filters, though. You will need to check your
whole AC and heating unit. Leaks can occur in either of these
and they will affect the air quality. Check that the filter is
attached to your AC unit correctly too, to avoid problems-not
just with the air quality!
Your Home from Pests
roaches and other vermin and pets bring all sorts into your home.
They are linked to poor air quality and health issues, like asthma.
Protect your home and keep them away as much as possible. Never
leave food out, take the trash out regularly and make sure the
dirty dishes are washed. If you see any evidence of anything,
make sure you follow the steps to evict them from your home!
air quality can lead to many health problems. You don't have to
suffer with it, though. Following the above steps will help you
live allergen free and happy.
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Jessica is a stay at home mom and a passionate blogger. She writes
family product review as a way to help other consumer make the
right purchasing decision. You can check out her blog at Great4Home.com.