*This is a collaborative post on air quality for sensitive lungs
Wouldn’t it be nice to breathe in the fresh air every day? Unfortunately, we’re all too familiar with common pollutants: We daily encounter cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, and other hazardous substances. Most of us can deal with these toxins (in small doses). However, for some — including children — with sensitive lungs, we must take extra precautions. Happily, there are ways to rid your house of indoor air pollutants.
Time to Clean
Before adding items to your house or apartment to clear out pollutants, start with a deep cleaning of your surroundings. Clean upholstery, bedding, carpets, and all the nooks and crannies you may like to avoid. If some members of your household are especially sensitive, it might make sense to avoid carpeting bedrooms.
The site Apartment Therapy lists some cleaning basics to follow, including vacuuming at least once a week. In houses with pets, you’ll probably find yourself vacuuming more often. Remember, while you’re in your deep-cleaning mode use non-toxic, eco-friendly products. It doesn’t make sense to add new pollutants to your environment when you’re trying to remove others.
The Power of Plants
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You may remember learning that nature has given us air filters in the form of plants. They work to reduce the toxins in the air while providing oxygen and improving the look and feel of our surroundings. According to Interesting Engineering, some houseplants are especially helpful for enhancing home air quality. These plants include bamboo palm, Gerbera daisies, red-edged Dracaena, and Warneckii Dracaena.
Other natural sources of air filters include beeswax candles and salt lamps. As opposed to artificial air fresheners and synthetic candles, beeswax candles don’t emit any harmful chemicals and instead release negative ions that bond with toxins, helping to get rid of them. Salt lamps do the same. Just remember to keep these items away from young children.
Calling in an Expert
If you have an HVAC system in your house, you’ve probably relied on a company like Dulin Mechanical to install, service, and repair your system. Companies like Dulin pride themselves on being experts on indoor pollutants, so they are the resource to turn to if you find yourself with toxins you can’t handle alone. Mold can be especially hard to get rid of, so you might not want to tackle it by yourself.
Dulin and other HVAC companies may also be able to tell you how to do some simple cleaning tasks. For instance, you may get recommendations on how to best clean air filters and how to clean the condensate pipes. Since air conditioner filters must be changed regularly, many of them are equipped with sensors that tell you when the filter should be changed and/or cleaned.
It may seem counter-intuitive after all the advice mentioned above, but open your windows every now and then too. If the outside air is of good quality, let some clean air in while stagnant air clears out. Your children, pets, and even plants will appreciate it.
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