According to the statistics of the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in the house can be 10-100 times more polluted than that outside. Contaminated indoor air can trigger allergies and respiratory diseases including asthma, which may also result in a lot of other health problems. We would like to introduce some simple tips to improve the indoor air quality so that everyone is able to breathe much better air.
Let air come in from the outside
Nowadays, the majority of homes are equipped with heating and cooling systems, which usually force windows and doors to be closed for the sake of higher efficiency. It is suggested that you open your windows and doors when the weather is suitable. Open the vent control when the air conditioners operate in order to raise the ventilation rate of the natural outdoor air.
Choose natural Paints and cleaners
“Green” paints and cleaners are certainly beneficial. Choose lead-free and non-volatile organic compound paints as well as natural cleaning products that are made from extracts and essentials of botanical plants. Those biodegradable ingredients are considerably effective at decomposing dirt and removing toxic chemicals without side effects.
Purify the air
Many high-quality air purifiers (see Winix WAC5500 review here or Whirlpool AP51030K review here) reduce airborne particles such as dust, mold, pet dander, and tobacco and cooking smoke. Currently, HEPA air filters are the most effective ones because they are able to capture 99.97% of airborne particles as tiny as 0.3 microns, but they may not be so good at removing allergens and odors. Thus, it is advisable to combine HEPA air filters with others. For example, negative ion generators are capable of reducing airborne odors and allergens.
Replace vacuum cleaner bags
It is important to take care of your vacuum in order to maintain optimal performance. Remember to replace the vacuum cleaner bag when it is nearly halfway full so that the maximum amount of debris and dust can be collected. In fact, a full bag makes it hard to vacuum efficiently.
Protect the pillows
Protect your pillows and mattress with some covers to get rid of dust mites, which are likely to stay on your skin once they come into contact with you. There are many people who are allergic to these microscopic creatures, and asthma-like symptoms are the result. Fortunately, soft protective covers usually have tight weaves that dust mites cannot penetrate. So, why not cover pillows with them?
When you follow these five tips, you are going to enjoy your times at home and breathe in fresher air.
Updated: March.04, 2017