Air pollution is now more topical than ever, contributing to global warming and really making a mess of the environment. We need to responsible for the good of mankind, but also, closer to home, we need clean air around us to maintain our personal health. The quality of air in your home directly affects your wellbeing, so how can we ensure we have the best quality of air?
If we don’t allow the fresh air to come into the home and the stale air to leave, then carbon dioxide (CO2) can build up in the room, causing you to feel drowsy, slowing your activity and bringing along headaches. CO2 is produced when you breathe out and so the more people that live in your house, the more CO2 gets produced. Leaving windows open is an obvious way to ensure less CO2 lingers in the air but technology has also come into play to save the day. There are various devices that measure CO2 levels in your home, that can switch on ventilation systems as required.
Poorly ventilated rooms attract dust mites. They’ll often live in bedding and soft furnishings, so ensure that you wash these regularly. A good ventilation system will stop the dust mite population growing.
Clean your rugs and carpets
The carpet is the perfect habitat for dust mites, animal hair, fleas and carpet bugs along with hair, dirt and other residue. Many of these things can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate conditions such as hay fever and bronchial issues, so ensure you clean them regularly. Ideally, change them for hardwood floors or in the case of bathrooms or kitchens – tiles and laminate flooring.
To ensure you keep carpets as clean as possible, vacuum them regularly to suck up the particles from deep down within the fibres. Do this several times a week and if you have cats or dogs, try and do this every day. Don’t vacuum too quickly, it takes a little bit of time for even the most expensive vacuum cleaners to grab everything in its path.
Where carpet gets trodden on often, such as near front and back doors to the house, it will be worth putting down protector mats to save you from picking up all the dirt that comes in from the outside.
If you drop anything on the carpet, ensure you deal with it right away, especially fluids that can gradually soak into the carpet. Baking soda is a great way of dealing with fluids such as wine – sprinkle some on the stain, leave for 10-15 mins and then vaccum up.
Lose the spray
Deodorants and hair spray release toxins and pollutants into the air, so opt for roll on deodarants and gel or mouse based hair products.
Poisonous ingredients in some hair sprays can contain: Carboxymethylcellulose, Denatured alcohol, Hydrofluorocarbon, Polyvinyl alcohol, Propylene glycol and Polyvinylpyrrolidone. These have been linked to various symptoms including blurred vision, breathing difficulty, eye irritations and dizziness amongst others.
Canister fumes in deodorants can cause skin reactions, trigger allergies and aggrevate heart problems.
Dry your clothes outside
Drying your clothes in a laundry room, or hanging over radiators inside your home, will release a great deal of moisture into the air, increasing the humidity throughout the house, inviting condensation and mould to appear.
If the weather permits, take your washing outside to dry on the washing line.
If you have to dry your clothes inside the house then make sure the house is well ventilated.
Get an air purifier
An air purifier will remove toxins and pollution in the air by passing the air through filters which trap the pollutants. There are many different products on the market that will do this, and different sizes to suit your home. One of the most popular air purifiers for the home is currently the INTEY Hepa Air Purifier which is a compact, quiet and powerful machine. The purifier can be programmed to turn itself off at different times. Check Amazon for the best prices.
Avoid air fresheners and scented candles
Yes they may smell nice and appear to freshen up the room, but candles are made from paraffin wax, which will generate carcinogens. The toxins generated are pretty much the same as toxins found in diesel fumes. Likewise, fragrant air fresheners contain toxins and carcinogens.
Bring some plants into your home
Plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen – the reverse of what are lungs are doing, so they’re the perfect companion in the quest for good air quality. Indooor plants can detox the air by removing organic chemicals from the air.
Leave your shoes outside
Or at least leave them at the door, shoes pick up allsorts of dirt and particles which in time, will be added to the air in your home.