How Safe Is It To Breathe The Air In Your Home?

Saturday, January 18, 2020


We don’t want to be too sensitive to risk, ever worrying about the next potential disaster around the corner. However, when it comes to people with allergies or respiratory issues such as asthma, then air quality is something you must take seriously. To that end, we have to ask, how safe is it to breathe the air in your home?

Take care of your HVAC systems

Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning all play a vital role in maintaining the climate in the home. They’re essential for surviving the winter blues and the summer heatwave. Those are two good reasons to make sure they’re kept in good condition, already. However, it’s important to maintain them because they can also trap a lot of dust, allergens, and debris. Changing the grates on your ventilation system when filters become clogged is essential, as is cleaning moisture from your AC to prevent the risk of fostering the bacteria that causes legionnaire’s disease.

Use things that can purify the air

It might sound like little more than a kooky alternative medicine tip, but salt lamps genuinely have been found to help with asthma by some of their users. However, there are other steps that also have a lot more scientific evidence to suggest they improve air quality in the home, as well. While some plants might trigger allergic reactions if you have hayfever, others have been found to clean allergens from the air. This can include bamboo palm plants, mass cane, and English ivy.

Keep the outside on the outside

The boundary of your home isn’t just there to protect you from the weather. It’s to keep you separated from the threats that might linger out there, such as pests, disease and, yes, allergens in the air. Inefficient windows are likely to develop air leaks which will let things like pollen into the home, not to mention make it easier for pests to worm their way in. Consider whether your need a windows replacement if you haven’t had one in the past decade. Otherwise, if you spot any air gaps, make sure to caulk them closed.

Be careful what you clean with

If you have respiratory conditions or are more prone to them, it’s not only dust and allergens you have to worry about. You should be seriously considering the chemicals you’re using to clean the home as well. Modern household cleaning products tend to contain a lot of ingredients that are more harmful to the human body than you realize. For many people, the risk isn’t immediate, but if you have asthma or other problems, a strong household bleach could end up triggering an attack. Look to organic cleaning products, including those you can make at home, instead.

Most people don’t have to worry too much about air quality. However, if you live with allergies, asthma, or in a place with terrible outdoor air quality, like major cities, then you need to consider the points above and protect your home.

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