People have this notion that the home is the safest place on earth – like no harm can ever come our way once we’re inside our safe haven. Take pollution for example. We are all aware that air pollution exists in the outside world and that this can cause a variety of health problems including respiratory diseases. Now, once we get inside our homes, there’s this sense of security that envelopes us, making us feel so distant from all those possible health risks.
But did you know that there is also pollution inside your home, possibly with even greater harm than outdoor pollution? The air that you breathe inside your house, office or any other building can be polluted by dust, molds, pet dander, lead, fire-retardants, formaldehyde, radon, or even chemicals that come from the cleaning solutions people use everyday. Like outdoor pollution, this can inflict harm to people’s health and well-being, and often in greater degree since most people spend more time indoors than outdoors.
To minimize the negative repercussions of indoor pollution to our lives, here are some tricks to reduce the air contaminants inside the home.
Clean All Surfaces
Use a vacuum equipped with a strong suction, HEPA filter, and rotating brushes to get rid of the household dust, pollen, pet dander, and other toxins such as brominated fire-retardant chemicals that are usually found on the floor, carpet, walls and furniture. Make it a habit to vacuum twice or more a week. Be sure to wash the filter regularly as well.
If you don’t use a vacuum, you can also try mopping the floor area. You don’t have to use soaps or cleaning solutions. Plain water will do. It would be best to opt for microfiber mops that do the cleaning job a lot better than traditional fibers. Put a floor mat for everyday door in the house so that people can wipe their shoes and leave pollutants outside the door.
Keep Your Home Humid
Dust and molds thrive well in dry air so it’s recommended to use a humidifier to keep some moisture into the air. Just be careful when doing so because dust mites also love too much moisture. Keep humidity level at 30 to 50 percent so that allergens won’t breed and spread easily.
Don’t Smoke Inside the Home
Every home should be a non-smoking area. Secondhand smoke is the worst indoor air pollutant. Cigarette smoke, which contains over 4,000 chemicals, can increase the risk of countless ailments including ear and respiratory infections, asthma and cancer. The smoker will also likely to suffer from breathing problems, stroke, heart disease or cancer. If you know better, you’d kick this habit. Now if you can’t, the least you can do is not to smoke inside.
Have Your Home Tested for Radon
Radon is a radioactive gas from uranium’s natural decay that is one of the leading causes of cancer in the United States today. Any home – whether old or new, drafty or airtight, with or without basement – can have a radon problem. Have your home tested for radon and reduce levels of this gas before it inflicts harm to you or your family.