Air pollution doesn’t stop at our doorways. Sure, there are lots of irritants outdoors in the form of smog, exhaust fumes and industrial pollutants, but the air in our homes or workplaces can be even more dangerous than that found outdoors. In fact, when it comes to certain chemicals like lead, you may be at greater risk in your own home than breathing in traffic jam toxins.
The good news is that unlike the great outdoors, you can control the allergens and irritants that come into your home. Here are four simple steps to indoor air quality improvements.
- Start at the bottom. Carpets are the natural enemy of home occupants who are plagued with allergies. That’s because they can hold onto chemicals, dust and other allergens for years. If you’re serious about cleaning the air in your home, consider replacing your carpet with easy-to-clean laminate flooring and think about purchasing a vacuum with an ultra air-cleaning HEPA filter.
- Show smokers the door. Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals, which can increase the risk of indoor air pollution. If you smoke or have regular visitors who light up, consider making a cozy area outside for your guests to use. Not only will your air quality improve, your home will stay cleaner.
- Opt for a more natural clean. The synthetic fragrances that we use to freshen our homes and laundry may smell nice, but they emit dangerous chemicals into the air, which can cause respiratory problems. Instead of scented products, give natural items like vinegar and baking soda a try.
- Open the windows when weather permits. While sealed windows and doors reduce energy costs and drafts, they also keep allergens from escaping into the air. Sometimes a good airing out is all it takes to have you and your family breathing better. So turn off the heat when you can and open those windows wide.
If you have any questions about indoor air quality improvements for your home, or any other home comfort concerns, our expert team at NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating right here in Palm Beach has got you covered.