The air we breathe is important. It is our main source of oxygen, and everyone should strive to maintain a healthy home indoors. Here are some tips to help improve the air quality indoors.
- Wall to Wall Carpet. Carpet can host allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, and other proteins. If you can afford to upgrade your carpet to a hardwood surface, that is a great option. If not, make sure you vacuum once a week and change vacuum filters consistently.
- Pets. Pets carry lots of pet dander. If you are allergic to dogs, opt for hypoallergenic dogs. Restrict pets to certain zones in your home. Invest in an air purifier or HEPA filter to clean the air and lessen the amount of pet dander. Frequent vacuuming is also important. Bathe your pet once a week and wipe them off when they come inside from the outdoors.
- Stuff animals. Never sleep with stuff animals and wash them frequently.
- Limit use of air fresheners. Avoid aerosol sprays. They are not good for the environment or air. Try using essential oils in a diffuser instead. This is a great option as some essential oils can aid respiratory systems.
- Clean with “Green” cleaning products. Avoid harsh chemicals as they are not safe for your household and pets. White vinegar has natural disinfecting properties and lavender oil can be added to give it a more pleasant smell.
- Bedding. Keep your bedding clean and use protective sheets and pillowcases to keep dust and other allergens out of bed linens.
- HVAC filter. Change HVAC filters regularly to aid in good quality air filtering in your home.
- Mold. Test your home for mold if you suspect there are damp areas in your home.