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Are you looking for ways to improve indoor air quality? Then read on for some ideas to get you started.
Spring is in the air and summer is on the horizon. I don’t know about you, after being cooped up all winter, I’m in need of some fresh air!
Winter is a very difficult time to keep the indoor air quality up. Even though we have lots of pollution in our outdoor environment, a study by Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health found that in many cases, the level of indoor pollution was twice that of outdoor levels.
Poor indoor air quality can increase asthma symptoms as well as be responsible for allergic reactions, fatigue, headaches, nausea, hormone imbalances and liver, kidney or central nervous system damage. Whoa!
Where is all this indoor air pollution coming from?
This is only a partial list – there are an endless number of sources of pollutants in our homes these days that impact indoor air quality.
- Cosmetics, personal care products and synthetic fragrances
- Household cleaning products and dry cleaned clothes
- Chlorine from tap water
- Chemical pesticides
- Mold, pollen, viruses, bacteria, animal dander and dust mites
- Secondhand smoke
- Paint, lacquer, glue, particle board, plywood and other building materials
- Carpets, upholstery, mattresses and other furniture
15 Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Fortunately, we do have more ability to improve indoor air quality than we do our outdoor air quality. Here are 15 simple ways to get started with improving your indoor air quality.
- Open the windows and let fresh air flow through every day.
- Use an air filter to filter pollutants and allergens.
- Use a water filter to reduce chlorine gasses.
- Use a vacuum with a good filter.
- Regularly clean areas that may attract mold and mildew.
- Choose natural and organic personal care products.
- Diffuse essential oils that purify and cleanse the air.
- Make your own household cleaners or purchase natural ones.Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home
- When remodeling, choose greener options and building materials.
- Purchase organic produce whenever possible.
- Add plenty of air-cleansing houseplants to your home.
- Use a doormat at each door to reduce the amount of pollutants that are tracked into your home.
- Use a microfiber dust mop to make sure your floors are clean.
- Test for radon and ensure your home is clear of asbestos.
What do you do to control the quality of the air in your home?
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