When thinking and talking about your health, the quality of the air in your home doesn’t really come up. It is a mostly forgotten concept. As long as you are breathing, there is air! Unless you live in a heavily polluted area or work in an industrial setting where air quality is routinely tested and treated, personal air quality generally doesn’t come to mind for the majority of people. The scary reality is numerous pollutants, allergens, parasites, and viruses travel through the air and are undetectable to the human eye.
With each breath you take, you could be breathing in allergens or dust mites or mould without even knowing it. Perhaps some of those pesky health issues from your runny nose to dry cough are caused by the air quality in your home. Pollutants can enter the home in a variety of ways, from the dander on your clothes, cleaning chemicals or to a new piece of furniture from a factory. The majority of these creatures can survive for months or even days in the right conditions. Certain parasites will breed in warm, moist climates whereas others can breed just as fast in dry, cool ones.
Don’t worry. There are ways that a person can make their home safe and improve the air quality throughout their residence with a few simple easy fixes and steps so read on below to find out what they are!
Maintain a Healthy Level of Humidity in Your Home
Mold and dust mites thrive in humid conditions and live undetected in your home for long periods of time. High amounts of either mould or dust mites can increase the frequency and severity of allergy attacks which manifests itself in different ways. Itchy, watery eyes, hives, runny or congested nose and hacking or dry coughs can all occur because of humidity. With the use of dehumidifier and/or an air conditioner, you can keep the levels of humidity at the recommended 30% to 50% levels in your home without major effort on your part.
The majority of appliances designed for the home on the market today are more compact in size and release a quiet hum as opposed to a clanking racket. A person has options for the device used in each room of their home. They can also look into purchasing a built-in system. You can check out hit and high-rated devices reviewed at reviewed at goodairgeeks.com. Goodairgeeks is a highly informative and comprehensive site with a wealth of information that’ll answer your questions about clean air.
Keep it Clean!
Household cleaning is generally done either daily or weekly, eliminating some of the nasty things littering your air. Cleaning those areas not typically thought about can help reduce dust mites and mould in the home.
Cleaning the rugs and curtains in hot water and mopping the floors on a weekly basis will kill any mites currently setting up their own residence in the material and linen areas of your home. Use a strong high-powered vacuum cleaner with a filtration system to capture mites living in the mats and carpets. You can also use natural cleaning supplies or even homemade remedies such as lemon juice and vinegar which has been proven to provide deep-cleaning and disinfecting abilities.
It is also advised that you open your windows for five to 10 minutes daily or every other day to encourage air to move and refresh itself. Air can become stale and stagnant the less it cycles around a room. Allowing fresh air to cycle through each room can reduce allergens and pollens from a room.
Continuously Test the Air Quality
Contact an air quality company to test the air in your home on a semi or yearly basis. There are also options for personal air quality tests available for the homeowner to purchase. These tests can tell you the levels of numerous parasites currently living in the air of your home and allow you to find the best option to improve air quality. Personal air quality tests are available at most major retailers, home hardware and improvement stores, and online retailers or auction sites.
Purchase Air-Filtering Plants
Plants are wondrous beings whose potentials for great things haven’t even been discovered yet. Studies have proven that certain plant life, such as the English Ivy or Florist’s Chrysanthemum can absorb various mites from the air through the roots and leaves. Visit your local nursery and purchase a few of these easily-maintained plants while supporting local businesses. Place them in the high-traffic areas of your home such as the entrance-way, kitchen or living room. Not only will they clean the air, they will offer a visual pop of colour to please the eye and offer the fresh, relaxing smell of nature.
If you are unsure of what device or plant to purchase for your home, talk to experts and visit online information sites. With the above fixes and tips to safely improve air quality without taking a major hit to the wallet, isn’t it worth a bit of work to breathe easy in a literal and nonliteral sense and spend your days comfortable and healthy in your own home? Here’s to clean air!