Improve Indoor Air Quality

Written by Dina Kayed
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The world today suffers from a high level of pollution. Wherever we go, we are usually breathing contaminated air, to one degree or another. Sadly, most of the time we are powerless to do anything about it; we have to put up with pollution in order to go about our daily business. Our homes, however, are a refuge from the world. This is still the one place we can do our best to keep the air fresh and clean for ourselves and our families. Since there are many ways to do this, you can choose the method that best suit your needs and budget.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

People tend to spend most of their time indoors. Without a little care, though, the air in your home could be more contaminated and stale than the air outside. People with asthma, the chronically ill, the young and the elderly are generally the most severely affected by indoor pollution. It is particularly important that the air they breathe is fresh and clean. A healthy atmosphere will improve life for all of us, though.

All over your home you will probably find objects or materials which cause air contamination. Household cleaning products are mostly toxic, and will be more so if used incorrectly. If you have any wet carpet around the house, that can also cause air pollution. One of the worst pollution culprits at home, however, is tobacco; it can pose a serious health risk to anyone with lung problems. There are so many other sources of indoor pollution, including formaldehyde that is emitted from furniture made of pressed wood, and emissions from kerosene and gas.

You can drastically improve the air quality in your home by taking a few simple steps. To begin with, make sure that you have adequate ventilation. It's important to open the windows frequently to circulate the air. Try to avoid toxic cleaning products; there are natural ones just as effective. You can use a good vacuum cleaner that has the ability to contain dust mites, animal dander and all unwanted dirt. HEPA filters will help to control mold and bacteria in your home atmosphere, too.


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