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Indoor Air Quality

October 31, 2016

 

Very soon we will close our windows for the winter, rarely opening them for fresh air until the spring. With this closed-in lifestyle conditions such as asthma, allergies, and bronchitis can be aggravated.

 

There are several types of indoor pollutants: Gases can come from everyday household products such as paints, perfumes, tobacco smoke, cleaning products, air fresheners, pesticides and aerosol sprays. Vapours from fireplaces, gas appliances, carpets, and garages also contribute to the mix.

 

Dust mites, mold, fungi, bacteria, yeast, viruses, and algae thrive in warm, humid environments.

 

There are many ways to improve your home’s air quality. A beautiful and natural way to decrease pollutants is adding houseplants. Houseplants can purify air by filtering out pollutants, toxins and the carbon dioxide we exhale. They replace stale air with oxygen.

 

Here are a few ways to improve your home’s air quality:

 

  • Check for excess moisture in the kitchen, bathrooms, and basement which can cause mold. Seek professional assistance to check if there are any issues and to correct the problem if found.

  • Clean your heating and cooling ducts regularly.

  • Maintain your home appliances, especially heating and air conditioning systems, water heater, and furnace.

  • Choose to go green with your household cleaners. Vinegar, tea tree oil, lemon juice, and baking soda are effective natural cleaners.

  • There’s a benefit to hardwood floors – no carpet. If you do have carpet, keep them clean and dry. Vacuum and clean your vacuum filters frequently.

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Never run your car in the garage especially if it’s attached to your home.

  • Dispose of pesticides, old paint, and other chemicals properly. Do not store in your garage or basement.

Breathe easy and worry a little less with these tips.

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