Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you feel safe, cozy and most comfortable. It’s the place where you should have the least worry, unless your house is full of children who can’t remember to pick up their dirty clothes. Other than that, life at home is meant to be fairly easy. However, many people are suffering from something other than messy children. They can barely breathe! If you’re having trouble breathing in your home, we’re here to help you improve indoor air quality.
So why is the air quality of your home so important and how does it affect your family? The American Lung Association states that poor air circulation in a home can promote the spread of bacteria and viruses. Once you inhale these bacteria or viruses, coughs, colds, and flu can spread. In addition, asthma and allergy sufferers may experience worsening symptoms due to endotoxins (substances that come from the broken-down cells of dead bacteria). That’s the why and how, now for the how-to.
Use Natural Cleaning Solutions
Consistently using chemicals throughout your home is not beneficial for your health. Not only is it bad to inhale these substances, but overusing chemicals is dangerous for babies and toddlers who like to put things in their mouths.
Heavy chemicals that are solvent-based and have strong fragrances can affect the quality of the air of your home negatively. However, using natural cleaning solutions will get the job done and maintain good indoor air quality. Natural solutions such as vinegar, lemons, cooking oils, etc. are not only effective, but they’re also safe for babies and small children.
Take the Cigarettes, Cigars and Hookah Outdoors
What’s the fastest way to kill the indoor air quality of your home? Tobacco! Not only is it difficult to breathe with smoke throughout a home, but it’s also detrimental to the health of those you love the most.
Secondhand smoke has been known to cause more health problems than firsthand smoke, especially in babies and children. These health problems caused by smoke include severe asthma attacks and respiratory infections. We know that tobacco smokers care about their family and wouldn’t do anything to harm them. However, if you’re smoking indoors, you are doing just that. The best solution here is to simply keep the smoke outside.
Four to the Floor
Four to the floor is a musical term that describes a song in which the kick drum hits in an unaccented 4/4 manner. Think of electronic music, or disco. We’re going to borrow this terminology to discuss four things to do to your floor regularly to help improve indoor air quality.
By vacuuming often, you reduce lead, brominated fire-retardant chemicals (PBDEs), pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Keeping these out of your home reduces the chances of allergies and chemical buildup.
Mopping helps kill the bacteria and germs that are partying on hard floors. When you mop with a natural solution, you will end this party before someone gets hurt.
Require people to wipe their feet on the doormat. Shoes carry all sorts of chemicals, dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants into your home.
Take it off!
If you want to be safer, don’t only require people to wipe their shoes on the doormat, but ask them to remove their shoes at the door. This will be a lot more effective than just simply wiping off your shoes on a mat. Also remember to clean and replace this mat often.
Stay Mold-Free with TCB EnviroCorp
Take the necessary steps to keep mold from growing in your home. Keep humidity levels low, properly ventilate bathrooms and kitchens, dry the shower after use, etc. And if you fear that your home is already victimized by mold, call a local mold remediation specialist like TCB EnviroCorp for indoor air quality testing and mold inspections.