Strive to live a better life this new year by making healthier decisions not just for you, but for your entire home. Why not start with something so important yet often disregarded—air quality? Take note of the following tips:
Keep your carpets clean
Suck it up. Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. You can also get rid of other toxins, like brominated fire-retardant chemicals (PBDEs) as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.
Using a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter ensures that dust and dirt won’t get blown back out in the exhaust. In high traffic areas, vacuum the same spot several times. Don’t forget walls, carpet edges, and upholstered furniture, where dust accumulates. For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly. Source: WebMD
Correct your home’s humidity level
Adjust your humidity levels accordingly with a moisture or humidity gauge, available at most hardware stores. Ideal in-home humidity levels should hover around 45%. Anything under 30% is too dry, over 50% is too high and can contribute to mold growth. To increase humidity, use a vaporizer or humidifier. To decrease humidity, open the windows (if it’s not humid outside), turn on a fan or air conditioner, or use a dehumidifier. Source: ApartmentTherapy
Replace your sheets with fresh ones
Since you’ll be bringing pollutants inside on your clothing and skin, wash your sheets once a week with perfume-free laundry soap. Go easy on the fabric softener, which is often laden with irritating chemicals. And while we’re on that subject, avoid candles and air fresheners with synthetic fragrances; they’re known triggers for allergies, asthma and headaches. Source: HGTV
Sorting out your carpet problems will greatly contribute to better air quality in your home. We can help you out. Call us today!