Everyone wants to arrive home and experience a sense of delight. What’s not good is to then start coughing and sneezing, or to experience a blocked up nose. This is even more of an issue for those with allergies or asthma conditions.
So how can we reduce these symptoms? The answer may well be to improve the quality of the air indoors. Let’s take a quick look at some of the things that can be done.
Tackle Damp as Soon as it Appears
If there is a high humidity level in the home for a sustained amount of time, mold and damp may begin to appear.
This needs to be removed immediately. If damp conditions are left unattended, it could create a breeding ground for such unwelcome guests as cockroaches, fleas, or dust mites.
It may be beneficial to have a humidifier in the house. If wishing to learn more, here’s a great blog article that explains that some can be linked to the integrated home equipment for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
For those with no integrated system within the home, standalone versions are a possibility. Many websites that sell humidifiers helpfully provide product reviews in addition to the product descriptions.
Open the Windows and Regularly Do Dusting and Vacuuming
Interestingly, the air quality indoors can often be worse than that outdoors. Swing wide those windows and let the pollution and damp out.
When choosing the best time, note that pollen levels are usually at their highest in the morning. If you are near the main road, choose the times when the traffic is at its lowest.
Wipe those furniture tops and shelves to remove dust build-up. Vacuum the whole home at least once a week, but clean highly used areas daily.
This is all the more important if there are pets around, releasing dander. Remember to Vacuum the edges of the carpets where such things as cat fleas might seek a home.
Purchase an Air Purifier and Carbon Monoxide Detector
Anyone with breathing issues or allergies should certainly consider buying an air purifier, and even more so if they are elderly. These units will not remove every bit of pollution from the air, but they will certainly remove some.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, and there is no smell to warn people in advance. Buying a detector won’t break the bank, and could literally save lives.
Be Wary of Smoke
Wood burning stoves can be a great feature in any house, but be sure to use dry wood only. If it is damp there will be plumes of black smoke that could be potentially harmful to inhale.
Any occupants of the home who smoke should only do so outside. Not only is it bad for their lungs, but secondhand smoke can create issues such as lung and heart disease for the other occupants too.
It is wise to have a cooker hood and extractor fan in the kitchen. The process of cooking can release smoke, moisture, and other things into the air.
If not properly channeled, the air quality will be reduced and the walls and units become dirty.
If someone stewards their home well and strives to maintain good air quality, everyone in the house will benefit. Visitors will also appreciate it too, and home can truly become a happy and safe place to live.