Be More Aware of Your Air
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Your home is your sanctuary, and the place you should feel most safe and comfortable. It’s also the place you end up spending a majority of your time, so it’s important to check up on the safety of space, and guarantee that multiple aspects of your home health are in check. One of these aspects is the quality of the air you are breathing in on a daily basis. We’ve discussed the importance of checking your home for dangerous pollutants like mold, asbestos, and radon, but it’s also valuable to take note of products in your home that may be giving off harmful toxins and chemicals. The best way to fix this problem is to be aware of how objects are polluting your air, and what changes you can make in order to upgrade your air quality.
What is lurking in your air?
There are several everyday products in your home that might be a detriment to your air quality. Furniture, flooring, paint, and cleaning supplies are a few of the offenders that may be emitting Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in your home. VOCs are gases that can be given off by a number of solids and liquids, and can contribute to minor and major health issues. In the short term, these compounds might be contributing to irritation of the eyes and nose, but exposure over time has been linked to more serious conditions like asthma and cancer. Some common VOCs include:
These contaminants can be found in many household items and are a problem for our environmental air quality as well, as they contribute to pollution of our outdoor spaces. The good new is, organizations and companies out there are developing tools and products to combat these issues and increase the overall health of our homes.
How to Improve Your Air Quality
Now that you are aware of some of the issues and how they might be affecting you, it will be easier to actively take steps to purify your space. The first step you can take is to look for furniture, flooring and other interior decor pieces that are made with organic materials and sustainable features. From non-toxic sofas to recycled kitchen tables, make a point to seek out earth-friendly and reliable brands that care about the health of their customers and the environment. If you aren’t ready to purchase new furniture just yet, you can invest in a UV air purifier that removes 99% of air pollutants like mold, bacteria, pollen and gases. Air purifiers, as well as naturally purifying plants target the pollutants you can’t see and clean them without you even lifting a finger. Additionally, you should stay away from aerosol sprays, chemical spray cleaners, and synthetic cleaning solutions that put you at high risk for inhaling toxins. For results that will keep your surfaces clean as well as your air, a DIY cleaning solution will get the job done.
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