4 Ways to Promote Healthy Air in your Home

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Did you know that even if your home looks clean, chances are you are exposed to dangerous indoor air pollutants every day? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air contaminants are often five times worse than outdoor, and can often pose health risks to you and your family.

Poor air quality can lead to symptoms including headaches, fatigue and even problems with concentration and breathing; respiratory disorders, like asthma, or even more debilitating diseases like cancer, can manifest.

And since research shows people spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, taking steps to combat health risks of poor indoor air quality is not simply a nicety, but rather a necessity. It is smart to take steps to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.

So what can you do about it?

1- Wipe your shoes! It may sound simple, but wiping your shoes before entering the house can keep from tracking dangerous chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers into your home from your shoes. Keep floor mats by every door to ensure pollutants are kept on the mat, not tracked throughout the house.

2- Vacuum and mop regularly and make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. Simple microfiber mops with clean water will do wonders for helping keeping the dust levels low throughout the home.

3- Keep an eye on humidity levels. Dust mites and mold thrive on moisture. A dehumidifier and an air conditioner can help reduce humidity levels and allergens in the air. Air conditioners can also reduce indoor air pollen, which can help those with allergies and keep the indoor air healthier. Don’t overwater plants as plants inside the home can carry different types of mold. The EPA also recommends UV lights to combat mold and bacteria.

4- Keep it pure. While air fresheners and cleansers may smell fresh and lovely, most of them contain damaging parabens and toxic chemicals that can do more harm than good. White vinegar and water is an old-fashioned cleaning agent that’s tried and true. Essential oils are also a healthier way to create a fragrant home––just be sure to read the labels to certify the products are pure.

So instead of just spring cleaning, use these indoor air tips for a healthier, happier home all year’ round.

Cindy Metzler


Cindy is an entrepreneur, digital strategist, wife, mother, cancer survivor, yoga enthusiast, and passionate networker. Cindy runs a marketing company called Omm Media and most recently launched Good AC Guy and Good Life Blog.
or visit www.goodacguy.com

TAGS: HEALTH, HOME, IAQ, INDOOR AIR QUALITY, WELLNESS

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