Home is supposed to be a place of comfort and safety, but it is also one of the most polluted places a person can go to. Not many people realize this, but the air at home can be polluted by ordinary things such as paint, air fresheners, cosmetic products, candles, and many more.
Air pollution is serious business, since it endangers human health. How can homeowners improve and maintain air quality at home?
- Avoiding indoor smoking. One of the most common indoor air pollutants is cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke emits more than 4,000 toxic chemicals. Secondhand smoking increases children’s risk to developing asthma, cardiovascular disorders, and cancer. There is also what is called third-hand smoke which is what remains after the smoke has been extinguished. It sticks to sofas, carpets, hair, clothes, and other materials found in a house. It builds up and thickens over time, and causes life-threatening diseases among infants and children.
- Keeping floors clean. Floors are a breeding ground for air pollutants that float back up when stirred. Vacuuming a minimum of two times each week can keep the floors clean. Homeowners can mop it off with a clean mop to remove left-over dust. Using carpets is also discouraged as pollutants can stick to it and endanger kids who like sitting on carpets.
- Using an indoor air quality testing device. Various kinds of indoor air quality equipment are convenient and effective in monitoring air quality at home. They allow homeowners to test and monitor indoor air quality including levels of particulates, temperature, CO2, and even humidity. These devices allow the identification of dangerous levels of chemicals, so necessary changes to restore indoor air quality can be made.
- Stopping the use of synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances have toxic chemicals that cannot be found on labels. Fabric softeners, air fresheners, and laundry detergents may all release chemicals that worsen asthma and other lung conditions. Instead of using artificial fragrances, homeowners can use natural ones such as baking soda and sliced lemons. If the neighborhood has relatively low levels of pollution, opening the windows to let in fresh air is also a good idea.
- Using scientifically-proven natural air purifiers. Plants are not just for decorations; they are also effective – not to mention affordable – means of purifying the air. Research studies have shown that plants like fern, spider plant, and aloe vera absorb indoor air pollutants.
These safety measures have been proven to drastically improve indoor air quality. Every family deserves healthy air that will not make them sick. Following these tips will help families bask in fresh breaths of air and stay safe and healthy at home.