Fact: The air inside your home or office can be more polluted than the air you breathe when you step outside. Want to breathe easier? By following the next 5 simple steps you should see a noticeable difference in your home’s indoor air quality.
Simple Step #1: Keep Your Entire Home Clean
There’s nothing quite like a clean home. Maintaining a clean home, for better or worse, provides many benefits. Dusting and vacuuming regularly is one of the best methods for keeping your home free of allergy inducing particles which pollute your air. While, high-quality HEPA rated vacuums don’t come cheap, they are worth every dime spent.
Simple Step #2: Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products
Studies, which have been completed by the American Thoracic Society, show using harsh household cleaning products – even as little as once a week – raises your (or your loved ones’) risk of developing asthma. Making the switch to environmentally friendly cleaning products can greatly reduce the risk of contracting this chronic disease.
Simple Step #3: Don’t Smoke Indoors
Smoking is bad. There’s enough evidence that, by now, most people should know smoking causes life threatening illnesses such as cancer and asthma – even to those who don’t smoke tobacco. Not only does smoking indoors increase your risk for contracting these illnesses, it also affects your home’s resale value, as many harsh chemicals are left behind.
Still considering smoking indoors? According to the New York Times researchers found 11 carcinogenic compounds in what has been termed third hand smoke including hydrogen cyanide, butane, toluene, arsenic, lead, carbon monoxide and polonium – 210. All of which negatively affect your indoor air quality as well as ruin your personal belongings.
Simple Step #4: Change Your HVAC Air Filters Frequently
When’s the last time your air filters were changed? Energy Star recommends changing your air filters once every month – every three months if you invest in HEPA quality air filters – as this maintains a healthy level of indoor air quality and keeps your heating and cooling system free from excess dirt and debris.
Simple Step #5: Keep a Healthy Level of Humidity
Dust mites and mold thrive in conditions where moisture is present. Ensuring a healthy level of humidity – 30 to 50 percent is recommended – helps to keep them and other allergens in control; thus improving your level of indoor air quality. Electronics that can aid you in limiting the amount of moisture present include dehumidifiers and air conditioners.