A person struck with asthma problems and allergies can have his health worsened due to sub-par outdoor air quality, something which enables you to think that staying indoors can be a viable way to get rid of air pollution. However, chances are, your indoor air quality may be worse than the outdoor air.
Taking medicines at the correct dose is one of the primary steps to fend off asthma and allergies. It’s also imperative to consider the air quality of the environment where you’re spending most of your days. Reducing allergens in your residence is talked about a lot, which is undoubtedly a head start in allergy management but it’s just a building block towards properly managing air quality inside your house.
Taking time off to think about air quality is something you don’t see yourself doing that much or not at all. Although breathing is one of the many things people tend to take for granted, once you’re drowned in the disturbing reality of allergy medication, nebulizers, you’ll realize how significant the aspect of air quality is for you and your family.
So what can you do?
Eliminate the Source of the Allergens
Chemicals and allergens can live in our house for decades, especially in the bedroom. It can be full of allergens, chemicals, triggers, scents, and have the worst air quality, all at the same time.
Dust & Vacuum
To reduce the amount of dust you need to vacuum your house daily which will reduce concentrations of lead. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a strong HEPA filter for better performances. Vacuum mattresses and replace them every 8-10 years. Dusting is a very important step in keeping the surfaces clean. You can use a floor sweeper to sweep places where dust accumulates and lurks such as walls, carpet wedges, furniture, etc.
Mop it Up
It is necessary to mop after vacuuming the house for cleaning the leftovers. Frequently mopping forgotten spots such as ceiling fans, ledges, shelves are a good way to empty the dirt cup. You can use just water instead of soapy water for mopping.
Wash it Up
Do not let wet or damp clothes pile up in your laundry basket. Wash bedroom sheets weekly in 130°F hot water. People tend to forget about pillow covers and curtains but those collect high quantities of dust and allergens on them. So, keep them in your monthly cleaning routine.
Clean toilet, sinks, shower, and tub to capture lingering dust or allergens. You can also keep a doormat at every door. This will capture all the dirt and clutters that come with the shoes. Cleaning the doormat on a monthly basis is also necessary. Finally, do not allow smoking inside your house!
Use a High-Efficiency Air Filter
To remove harmful pollutants and allergens from your indoor air, make use of a high-efficiency air filter which is considerably cheap yet very fruitful. Highly potent air filters are capable of trapping pollutants and allergens and naturally fix odors. They prevent bacteria from growing on the filter with the help of a mineral-based antimicrobial agent.
But just purchasing an air filter isn’t enough to frequently clean the air of your home. Air filters must be changed regularly and replaced once every 4 to 8 weeks. But this frequency depends more on the health of your family members.
If allergy symptoms are persistent or if pet dander and dust are excessively present in the air of your home, filters should be replaced more often. However, considering how inexpensive air filters are and the advantage of having your HVAC system run more powerfully, you’ll definitely be saving money in the long run.
Get More Fresh Air
It is important to have a good air quality system in every room of your house. To let fresh air circulate in your house is important. You can open up most of the windows and doors in a convenient time to let the circulating process. Cooking, painting, or sanding creates additional pollutants inside your house, and to reduce it, keeping good air quality indoor is a must.
Using induction fans in the kitchen helps to remove cooking fumes. Also, clean the window, door, and curtain clutters as it can trap and spread dust that can trigger reactions.
Avoid Artificial Fragrances
Perfumes and scents contaminate the air quality. Even pleasing scents including scented laundry detergents, fabric softeners, scented candles, plug-ins, and potpourris can cause eye irritation, breathing problems, dizziness, and spread toxins inside your house. So, try to use unscented and aerosol free products and fresheners.
Bring the Outdoors In
Aloe Vera, ficus, spider plant, peace lilies, Chinese evergreen, Gerber daisy, etc. are the houseplants that are proven to efficiently filter out air pollutants and numerous allergens. Moreover, these plants use up the chemicals that are attributed as toxic to human health. Not only are they beautiful in appearance but also very low maintenance and pretty simple to take care of.
Air pollutants and exposure to chemicals are concentrated in some specific areas of your house – laundry room, kitchen, bathroom, etc; place the aforementioned plants in those places and you’ll absolutely love what they do to the indoor air!
The importance of living ‘greener’ and healthier lives are published everywhere, whereas almost no emphasis is given on the quality of air in our homes and the air we breathe most of our day. The effect of indoor air quality on the health of our families is immense and yet, overlooked most of the time. It’s seen that over half the day, people stay indoors where a bunch of pollutants and allergens e.g. pollen, dust, mold, and even pet dander hold the possibility of affecting the air we’re breathing.
And this can contribute to sore eyes, a runny nose, and may turn to extreme headaches, fatigue which can ultimately worsen and result in asthma and allergies. Moreover, when construction work is going on, most of the time insulation is used to trap the chemicals and pollutants coming from building materials, but still, the new construction hampers indoor air quality.
We hope this article helps you to improve your indoor air quality and breathe a little easier!