Suffering From Asthma? 10 Ways To Reduce Pollutants in Your Home
The quality of air in our homes can have a strong effect on our health, and too often the air in our homes carries two to five times the amount of pollutants than the air outside of the home. For those of us with asthma and related diseases, the level of pollutants in our homes can become a significant health problem making it difficult to exercise, rest, or perform daily actions. There are several ways we can improve the quality of air in our homes.
1. Although a costly fix, one of the best ways to eliminate allergens and pollutants from your home is to replace your carpet with a different flooring option. Carpet is one of the greatest offenders when it comes to trapping and releasing the impurities that can lead to wheezing and tightness of breath. Even if you don’t suffer from asthma, if you are building or remodeling, consider other flooring options for cleaner air.
2. Carefully research the types of furniture and cleaners you bring into your home. Many of the common household supplies and furnishings today are made from man-made materials. These things may have chemicals or will release chemicals into the air which are toxic to breathe. Replace chemical-based cleaners with cleaners such as hot water, baking soda, and vinegar. Try to choose furniture made from natural materials.
3. If you can’t change the floors and furnishings in your home, your next best option will be to keep your existing furnishings clean. Add a HEPA filter to your vacuum and wipe down walls and tables with a damp cloth to trap dust without stirring it up. Mopping your hard floors can clean up the dust that simple sweeping or vacuuming can leave behind.
4. To prevent family members from tracking in pollutants, place large floor mats at every outside door. Traveling to and from school or work, walking across fertilized lawns, and in many other situations, chemicals and pollutants collect on our shoes. These impurities can often be tracked on a floor mat and kept out of the home.
5. Increasing the air circulation in your home is another effective way to improve the quality of air that you breathe. Try to leave the doors to separate rooms of your home open. When possible, open your windows to increase the amount of fresh outside air in your home. Adequate ventilation is a key component of improving inside air.
6. One way to improve the air quality in your home requires some hard sacrifices. Cigarette smoke and pets can leave behind many different allergens and pollutants which can make breathing difficult. It can be hard to give these things up, but there may be times when it is a necessary sacrifice for your improved health.
7. Too much humidity in your home can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Even if you can’t see it, there may be mold floating in your air. Some mold such as the mold that grows on old food is easy to clean up, but other molds can present significant problems. Molds that produce myotoxins are particularly dangerous and might eventually become a cause of death.
To avoid the growth of mold, clean up any spilled liquids quickly, make sure that dishes are dry before putting them away, and watch for any leaking or sweating pipes. If you create a lot of steam when bathing or cooking, be sure to provide enough ventilation to let moisture escape.
8. Replace wood-burning stoves with other appliances. Many gas fireplaces offer a cleaner burning option with the sounds and appearance of real wood. Consult with professionals for more information about the fireplaces with the best air quality.
9. Purchase plants for your home. While all plants produce oxygen, some types of plants are more effective at the cleaning the air than other plants. There are many plant choices to choose from and the information about the different types of plants is pretty easy to find. Some of the popular choices include chrysanthemums, the Chinese evergreen, spider plants, and a variety of fig trees.
10. Install an air purifier in your home. There are many different kinds of purifiers available. Consult with your healthcare professional and a clean air professional to determine which type of air purifier is right for your needs.
The quality of air that you breathe can affect your health and comfort in many ways. When you are suffering from asthma, your efforts at air purification can have long lasting benefits. Take some time to focus on your health and clean the air that you live and work in every day. Make your home a safe place to breathe.
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