Clean Up the Air in Your Home
Look at your cute family pet as a big contributor to allergens in the home. But don’t overlook other common contributors as well, like dust and smoke from any smokers in the house. Cooking odors, pet odors, and musty smells all affect the air in our homes as well.
It’s hard to believe, but the cleaning products we use to get rid of some of these allergens also contribute to poor air quality. Household cleaning products, fragrances to ‘freshen’ the air, and beauty products like hair sprays all affect air quality. Also many home improvements bring with them new issues – like paint vapors and chemicals in new carpets and flooring.
A leaky window or damp basement can leave you with mold issues, which absolutely affects the health of the air in your home. Air leaks can allow critters inside the home, which of course, are unwanted guests for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps the humidity in your home is out of balance, or your furnace is old and inefficient. Or perhaps you just can’t ever remember to change those air filters. All these things dramatically affect the air quality in your home, simply because these appliances aren’t operating at their highest level.
Side Effects of Poor Air Quality:
Figure out a way to clean your air filters – they are there to stop particles from making their way through your ductwork and floating around your home! If the air filter isn’t the problem, you may want to consider upgrading your HVAC system altogether, which will improve the air quality in your home and cut down on your energy consumption.
Other options include fixing the issues that might be contributing to let’s say, that wet basement or the mouse problem. Keep the family pet well-groomed, empty the vacuum bags routinely, clean regularly to keep the dust to a minimum. And choose products that are more eco-friendly - there are good options out there for cleaning products and for paints and beauty products as well.
Look around your home for the possible culprits that are affecting the quality of air you live in and then do something about them. You and your family deserve to breathe easy.
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