Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

Strategies you will need to greatly reduce your indoor air pollutants, thereby reducing your family’s toxic exposure.

• Increase ventilation by opening a few windows every day for 5 to 10 minutes, preferably on opposite sides of the house. But do that especially on windy days when the air smells better.

  • NASA has found that plants improve the air! So we are preparing a list of the best ones. Stay tuned.

Discourage tobacco smoking in or around your home.

• Take your shoes off as soon as you enter the house, and leave them by the door to prevent tracking in of toxic particles.

• Switch to non pollutant cleaning products, such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar and safer personal care products. Throw out the aerosols.  Avoid commercial air fresheners and scented candles, which can spread thousands of different chemicals into your breathing space.

• Hang dry cleaned clothing in your garage or shed or hang them outside for a day or two. Also see if there’s a a dry cleaner in your city that uses some of the newer dry cleaning technologies, such as liquid CO2.

• Vacuum and shampoo carpets, rugs, and floors regularly. Maybe get rid of large areas of carpet. Every time a person walks across the floor, a whirlwind of irritants is stirred up.

• Have your furnace and air conditioning ductwork and chimney cleaned regularly.

• Avoid storing paints, adhesives, solvents, and other harsh chemicals in your house or in an attached garage.

  • Avoid using nonstick cookware.  In fact you can consider giving up cooking altogether It pollutes the air.

 

• When building or remodeling, opt for safer and more eco-friendly materials. VOC-free paints are becoming easier to find.

  • Opt for sustainable hardwood flooring instead of carpet. Carpet traps a multitude of particles such as pet dander, heavy metals, and all sorts of allergens.
  • • Make sure your house has proper drainage and its foundation is sealed properly

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