Monday, June 12, 2017

Does The Air Quality At Home Match Your Health Standards?

Do you have pretty high standards for how you handle your health? Are you careful about what exactly you put in your mouth? If you spend so much time concerned with diet, with exercise, and with avoiding habits like smoking, then why aren’t you as concerned with the quality of air in the home? More and more people are developing allergies and respiratory conditions and a lot of it has to do with how polluted our home environment is. Well, it’s time to clean up your act.

Airflow is crucial
Air quality is down in large part to how much material is allowed to stagnate in the air. Pollen, chemicals, dust, hair, and the like all contribute to that air quality. When air isn’t moving, throughout the home, then it’s likely to gather a lot of the above. So, improving airflow in the home is a must. Air conditioning and vents in the home can make a major contribution to that effort, but that can very energy inefficient, as well. Some people might consider that additional airflow is unnecessary, but extras like provide a much less costly way to keep that airflow going. Unless you have pollen allergies, you should consider keeping the windows open from time to time. Of course, that’s if the heat doesn’t make it a silly idea.
Take care of your helpers
You’re not going to be getting that quality of airflow unless you’re taking care of the tools that allow you to maintain it of course. In fact, if you neglect them, it can be even worse for you. Dust can gather on fans, in your AC, and in vents just as easily as other places. If it builds in there, every time you try and shift the air in the home, you might only be shifting more dust about. Clean your AC regularly, dust your fans, replace your air filters every month. Otherwise, allergens and moisture will only build to the point you can do little to fight them.

Go minimalist
It might not be the most common thought that your décor tastes could actually improve your health. However, minimalism has real benefits to offer you. It’s all about using only the essentials with little extras. You don’t need furniture in every square foot of the living room, for instance. It makes it easier to clean as states, which means that dust has fewer places to cling. It also makes it possible for that aforementioned airflow to work its magic. Besides improving air quality, minimalist décor also has a huge impact in fighting feelings of stress, presenting you with a much calmer, cleaner environment to relax in.
Keep fabrics fab
Even if you go minimalist, there’s a good chance that you’re going to have some fabrics in the home. It’s time to look at those that you don’t thoroughly clean as often as you should. Wash your duvets occasionally, not just your sheets. Vacuum your duvet and flip it every two months, cleaning the room after you do. Vacuum carpets every other day and get any carpets you have cleaned once a year (or more if you’re ever dealing with too much dust to handle). Perhaps the most forgotten of fabrics that need cleaning, however, are the curtains. If you could, it might be better to forego them entirely and get plastic or wooden blinds. But if you want to keep them, then you can specific instructions on cleaning them depending on what type of curtains you have. Fabrics are the havens of allergens in the home, so never forget them.

Deal with dander
Allergies and your pets might be a touchy subject for some. The pet themselves might be fine, but the dander they tend to leave around the home might not be. If your dog is a heavy shedder, then it might be a better idea to keep them outside with a doghouse more often than in. As suggests, start by wiping down surfaces and using a dust pan on a more regular basis. There are lint brushes and rollers you can use to tackle fabric surfaces and pesky corners, as well. But you can’t forget where that dander comes from. More frequent cleaning, grooming, and shorter hair will make said dander a lot easier to deal with.
Get really green
We’re not talking about energy efficiency. In this case, we’re talking about making the home literally greener. Adding a houseplant has a lot of health benefits. Like a minimalist approach to décor, houseplants add a calming touch of color and a sense of nature that can be helpful in managing stress. But regarding air quality, there are natural pollutant fighters. Everyone knows that plants eat CO2 to produce oxygen. But they are also great for taking in many of the allergens that can build in the home. A lot of household products contain volatile organic compounds that plants like peace lilies can help rid the air of.

Clean cleaner
Cleaning the home is important to air quality, but some methods can actually worsen the situation. Those volatile organic compounds are often found in household bleaches, wipes, and other cleaners. It might not be as immediately convenient, but switching to natural household products like those mentioned in  can do the exact same as the cleaners you’re already using but without adding more allergens to the air. You can even make your own, sometimes with little more than vinegar and lemon juice. VOCs are fast becoming one of the more common allergies, so limiting your exposure to them when possible can lower your risks significantly. There are also paints, aerosols and wood preservatives high in VOCs, so look out for those that mention they’re VOC free.

Improving the air quality in the home is going to make life a lot better. Even if you don’t have breathing conditions or allergies to be concerned with, you’re going to feel how much cleaner the air is. You’ll also have a lot less cleaning to do, so it’s a win all around.

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