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Cut Indoor Air Pollution for a Healthier Home

Cut Indoor Air Pollution for a Healthier Home

When you think of air pollution, smog and other forms of outdoor air pollution is probably what comes to mind. However, reducing indoor air pollutants, such as smoke and cleaning chemicals, is just as important for your health than avoiding pollutants from outside – if not more so. Keep in mind the following tips to create a healthier indoor environment at home.

Dust frequently -- Vanquish the dust mites hiding in your home’s nooks, crannies, rugs, carpets and other surfaces. Breathing dust can cause injury to the lungs. Make sure dust doesn’t build up in your home by dusting at least once weekly.

Leave your shoes at the door – Not wearing your shoes inside will help you avoid tracking in pollutants, such as allergens, from outside. This is especially important if your home is carpeted and/or you have allergies.

Green your cleaning cabinet – Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your home as these can harm your health. Plus, natural, biodegradable cleaners generally work just as well as the toxic stuff. You can even use common household items like vinegar for many types of home cleaning.

Cut out EMFs – There is some evidence that EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) from electronics can cause damage to your health. Reduce your EMF exposure at home by turning off and unplugging electronics when you’re not using them.

Purify your air – Indoor air contaminants such as toxic chemicals and mold can be made worse by improper ventilation in areas like your bathroom or laundry room. For moisture-rich areas, consider getting a dehumidifier. In general, plants are also good air scrubbers. You may also want to consider getting your home air quality tested to determine if you need an air purification system.

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Home is Where the Health Is is written and published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling

(Photo By ThomChandler)

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