While your home may look neat, tidy, and sparkling clean, the inside air could still be full of allergens and pollutants that can cause and aggravate illnesses in both children and adults. While clean, fresh air is always beneficial to overall health, it is especially imperative if you have children with allergies and/or asthma. Keep reading to learn more about the causes and consequences of unclean indoor air as well as tips to keep it fresh and odor elimination.
What Causes ‘Dirty’ Air?
Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air? On top of that, people usually spend the majority of their day and night indoors. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) health is often determined by present levels of indoor air contaminants such as dust, mites, chemical fumes, tobacco, building material fiber, and various microbial contaminants such as mold and fungus. These materials linger in the air as a result of poor ventilation, inadequate heating/air conditioning, and moisture, among other things. Combined, these substances can cause and exacerbate illnesses.
Consequences of Unclean Air
While there is no set list of illnesses associated with indoor air contaminants, there is evidence to suggest that these materials can cause throat and skin irritation, headaches, fatigue, congestion, sneezing, and even nausea. More worrisome is the fact that unclean indoor air can exacerbate asthma, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary illnesses such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The term “pulmonary illnesses” refers to illnesses caused by airway/lung obstruction. Early symptoms of pulmonary illness include excessive coughing, fatigue, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing. If you notice these symptoms in yourself or your children, contact a doctor as soon as possible, and take steps to purify your home’s air.
Reducing Allergens & Pollutants
If you want to help ensure the air in your home is clean and healthy, start by reducing allergens and pollutants. Your first step to a clean-air home is an effective cleaning routine. Be sure you are regularly dusting all surfaces, vacuuming, and refreshing fabrics such as bedding, rugs, and pillows. If you are sensitive to cleaning solutions, consider making your own all-natural products with lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar. While cleaning, take stock of how much clutter you have in your home. Often, allergens and pollutants linger in furniture, toys, lamps, and other household accessories. A minimal approach to home decor can reduce the dust and dander associated with breathing problems. Next, consider re-thinking your family’s “getting-home” routine. When you arrive indoors, remove shoes, change your clothing, and shower.
Lastly, consider purchasing an air purifier. Investing in a good air purifier can be a huge help in reducing allergens and other pollutants in the air. Purifiers can also be highly beneficial for children and adults with allergies and asthma. Air purifiers help ensure clean indoor air, which has been shown to increase energy levels and reduce the severity of allergies. In fact, air purifiers can capture up to 99.97 percent of airborne particles such as dust mites, bacteria, pollen, and pet dander. While air purifiers are easy to find, do your research and read consumer reviews to be sure you are getting the best (and most cost-effective) model to keep your family healthy. Fewer allergens and pollutants in the air mean less harmful substances being breathed into your body.
Likely, you and your family spend a substantial portion of your day inside your home. Because of this, you want to ensure the air you and your children are breathing is clean and fresh. By implementing the practices above, you will greatly reduce the amount of pollutants and allergens in your home, which will in turn help keep your family healthy and happy.