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If you were to walk into the pharmacy section of your local grocery store, you would likely come across an entire aisle devoted to one thing: allergy relief. Most people dread allergy season, a time where outdoor pollutants irritate the senses and cause itchy eyes, runny noses, and headaches. However, few people realize that indoor air can cause irritation just as quickly as outdoor air. Certain indoor pollutants are even capable of causing cancer and other ongoing health problems. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality of your home and create safeguards for your own health.
A simple cleaning routine goes a long way in protecting your home from poor air quality. Though it can be tempting to ignore the small jobs, such as dusting, a little cleaning now will save you a major headache later. Washing your bedding every week or two, keeping the floor swept and vacuumed, and dusting the furniture are all great ways to improve indoor air quality.
Changing your filters seems like an obvious solution to an air quality problem, but many people never think about it. To ensure that the air in your home is not being filled with particles and pollutants, make certain that your furnace filters aren’t dirty and clogged.
Often, the everyday activities you perform in your home can taint the air you breathe. Strong cleaners, paints, glues, sawdust from home repairs, and other household items and activities release chemicals and particles into the air, which then settle on the objects in your home and work their way into your body. Purchasing an air purifier is a quick and efficient way to defend against everyday pollutants.
While air purifiers are efficient, they cannot fight off everything; therefore, you should ensure that you are ventilating your home by regularly opening windows during appropriate times and seasons. Cycling clean air through your home is the best way to keep things fresh.
Allowing moisture to build up in restrooms, basements, or on floors is one of the quickest ways to reduce the air quality in your home. Moisture leads to mold, which is a major irritant to almost anyone who interacts with it. Protect your home from moisture by using a dehumidifier, turning on your restroom fan when you shower, and mopping up spills immediately. Keeping things dry and tidy is one of the simplest ways to save yourself a major problem down the road.