Guest Blog by Charlotte Meier
You may have an air quality problem in your home, if you are experiencing allergy-like symptoms. No matter how neat and organized your home is, you could be at risk for having impure air within your space. These impurities can come from the most unexpected places, so even the cleanest people may have low-quality indoor air.
Here are some of the best things you should be doing to keep your home safe and clean to maintain high-quality home air.
1. Purchase a Proper Vacuum
Not many people realize that the average vacuum spits unclean particles into the air as it cleans. This is due to a poor filter that is incapable of catching all the allergens from your carpet. A good vacuum that protects your air should have a HEPA filter. If yours does not, it may be time to start looking for a new vacuum that better protects your home environment.
2. Place Purifying Houseplants in Key Areas
There are several common houseplants that are excellent at filtering the air and purifying your home. English Ivy, Peace Lilies, and Spider Plants are just a few of the plants that have air-cleansing capabilities. These plants also double as a mood boost and home brightener. Keep in mind that these plants are more efficient air cleansers when you frequently wipe their leaves clean.
3. Get your Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned
Few people realize what a risk dirty air ducts pose to you and your family. Through the process of cooling your house, air ducts are left with small amounts of moisture. This moisture is an ideal breeding ground for mold. Not only is the moisture present, but the air currents passing through are perfect for carrying mold spores into your home and causing a variety of asthma and allergy symptoms. Hiring a professional to annually clean your air ducts is well worth your money.
4. Clean Your Bath Mat
Bath mats are some of the worst places in your home in regards to bacteria growth.
The constant dampness combined with heat from the bathroom and infrequent cleaning leaves your bathmat a bacterial haven.
Try to wash your bath mat more frequently and dry it after use as often as possible.
5. Prevent Dust Mites by Any Means Necessary
There are many ways dust mites can cause problems in your home. While it is impossible to entirely rid your house of all dust mites, an excessively high population can trigger allergies. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments, meaning your favorite sofa and mattress are ideal targets. To prevent dust mites in your home, clean all fabric items regularly, including blankets, towels, rugs, carpets, and pillowcases. You also should be sure to cover your pillows and mattresses with allergen pillow and mattress protectors to block the mites’ entrance. If you have a particularly old mattress or couch, you might want to consider investing in a new, fresh one.
6. Buy an Air Purifier
Houseplants can be very effective purifiers, and their value should not be ignored. However, mechanical purifiers can be more powerful, target more toxins, and require less watering time. Tip: You can get an idea of your home’s air quality based on the filter in the purifier.
There are many things you should be doing to keep your home’s air safe and clean because there are many factors working against you. Keep in mind that simply buying an air purifier is a great first step but it will not resolve the bacteria problem you likely have in your bathmat. Tackle as many areas of your home as you can, and you will notice a difference in the way you feel.
Charlotte Meier, Guest blogger for Natural Health Care and Healing Center
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