Polluted indoor air can be much more than a pain in a neck. It can cause allergy and asthma problems or worsen the problem you might already have.
According to the EPA, indoor air on average is twice as polluted as the air outdoors. It can be up to one hundred times more polluted. So, if you feel lousy at home but better everywhere else, the problem could be in the air, and all around you.
Here are some simple and practical tips to help you feel better:
Follow these simple steps and you can significantly improve the quality of your air while easing up any health-related issues:
- Clean or replace AC and heating filters once a month, or as often as needed.
- Keep floors and carpets clean. Dirt, dust mites, pollen, and dander collect find a home in your rugs and move about with human and pet traffic…that’s when the problems start.
- Avoid using chemical cleaning products indoors. Chemical cleaners, paint, and even perfume emit fumes that you might be allergic to. Replace the cleaners with home-made solutions comprised of vinegar, citrus oil and water.
- Buy machine washable bedding. Wash pillows, sheets and comforters weekly to reduce exposure to allergens, including dust mites.
- Open doors and windows when temperature and humidity levels permit. However, be mindful of outdoor allergens during spring and fall seasons.
- House plants can improve indoor air quality by filtering carbon dioxide; however, if they are over-watered, they can encourage mold growth.
- Fix water leaks as quickly as possible. Rain and high humidity can bring moisture indoors, which can lead to mold and mildew. Dampness alone — even without mold — is associated with higher risk of wheezing, coughing and asthma symptoms.
At Tru-Comfort, we are indoor air quality (IAQ) specialists. That means we’re well-qualified to help remove air contaminants from your home to help you and other family breathe cleaner air and feel a whole lot better. Call today for more information and an in-home proposal.