When you think of air pollution, you probably image cities with smog or haze, but you might be surprised to know that the air inside your home or office can be just as polluted, if not more. This can be especially damaging to children, people with asthma and the elderly. Here are some steps you can take to make the air in your home or office better for your health:
Vacuum – Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to get rid of toxins and allergens. Vacuum two or more times a week for best results, making sure to pay extra attention to high traffic areas and remember to vacuum walls, carpet edges and upholstered furniture.
Mop and Dust– A microfiber mop and dust cloth will pick up any dust or allergens that vacuuming may have left behind.
No Shoes Policy – Try to institute a no shoes policy in your home. If this isn’t possible, put a large door mat at the front door or main entryway of your home – It will reduce the amount of dirt, pesticides and other pollutants tracked into your home.
Humidity level – Keeping humidity at 30 to 50 percent helps keep dust mites and mold from accumulating. A dehumidifier or air conditioner, depending on the season, helps reduce moisture, controls allergens and reduces indoor pollen count.
No Smoking Indoors – Cigarette smoke creates the most indoor air pollution – Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. If you want to stop smoking, visit our smoking cessation page for more information.
Test for Radon– Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless and odorless, and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Tests can be purchased through our store – it is inexpensive and easy.
Use Natural Products – Synthetic fragrances in laundry products, air fresheners and some household cleaning products emit many different chemicals. Try using mild cleaners, opening windows when using products that may contain these chemicals, using natural ingredients to clean when possible and avoiding aerosol sprays.
Add Plants – Plants not only add color to your home or office, they can purify the air and absorb pollutants. Just be sure to choose a plant that is not poisonous when ingested if you have either children or pets.