Most of us know about the dangers of air pollution. We know it’s bad news when a city is covered in smog, and we know it can be harmful to be exposed to too much carbon dioxide from factories, vehicles, wildfires, and other sources. Many of us may even experience negative effects from dust and pollen each year.
However, did you know that the air quality in our homes can also pose a serious threat to our health? In fact, certain indoor pollutants are two to five times more concentrated than the average outdoor concentrations. These pollutants can come from various sources, from the building materials in furniture to pesticides to cleaning products.
The thing is, your home should be a place that provides comfort, safety, and happiness — not health risks. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to cut down on these risks. Here are a few simple tips for making your home a healthy living environment:
Make Sure Your Home Is Well-Ventilated
Air quality indoors is often much poorer than it is outdoors, so it’s not good when your home isn’t getting ventilation and toxins are allowed to settle in overnight. Plus, poor ventilation can lead to mold and many other problems. Open your windows for at least 10 minutes every day. You will need to open the windows for longer periods of time when you paint, bring in new pressed wood furniture, or engage in any other activity that compromises the air quality.
Toxins can come from many things, and it’s essential to take steps to reduce them in your home. For instance, if you spot any mold, have it remediated as soon as possible, and take precautions to prevent it from recurring. Mold can lead to a variety of respiratory problems, as well as skin rash, red eyes, and sneezing, among other issues.
Another threat to indoor air quality is radon gas, which is known to cause lung cancer. You can’t see, taste or smell radon, but it releases particles throughout the home that harm the lungs when inhaled. The safest way to ensure your home is safe is to have it tested by a professional.
You can also reduce the toxins in your home by being careful with what you bring into it. For example, a lot of pressed wood furniture can release formaldehyde into your home for up to five years. Also, limit the plastic items in your home; for instance, plastic food packaging can transfer chemicals to your food and drink upon contact or if it’s heated or cooled.
Change Your Air Filters
Changing your air filters regularly is essential, but it’s also easy to forget. So, consider setting a reminder on your phone for when it’s time to change them. This will not only improve the air quality in your home, but it will also help your HVAC run more efficiently. It’s recommended to put in new filters every 30 to 90 days, depending on how much dust, pollen, and pet dander circulates through your home. Moreover, using an air purifier can help improve air quality.
Finally, be sure to clean your home regularly. This includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping, wiping down countertops and tubs, and so on. Cleaning a little bit every couple of days will earn you a spick-and-span home, and each cleaning session will be easier than if you were to only clean every couple weeks. Make sure you use green cleaning productsto minimize the toxins in your home. There are many great products available these days — from all-purpose cleaners to laundry detergents to pet stain removers.
All of us must take steps to improve the air quality of our homes. Be sure to open your windows each day for ventilation, and make any changes necessary to reduce the toxins in your home. Remember to change your air filters on time, and regularly clean your home with green cleaning products. Following these tips will not only help you feel better on a daily basis, but it will also give you peace of mind knowing that you have a healthy home.
Author: Alice Robinson
Note from House of Eden Blog
Thank you Alice for another wonderful article. There are so many ways to go low-tox, these simple changes are the best place to start. To see more from Alice, check out her website tidyhome.info