Friday, October 31, 2014

A Breath of Fresh Air in the Home

We make sure our kids eat healthy, stay active, and take care of their health as best as possible. However, there is one health aspect that’s often forgotten, and that’s the quality of air in our home. Indoor air quality can actually be worse than the air outdoors, and can cause symptoms such as chest tightness, sore throat, itchy eyes, or even a full-blown asthma attack. You can make sure that doesn’t happen though. Here are three steps on how to make sure the air your family is breathing is clean and healthy.

Let the clean air in

During the winter, we tend to keep our windows shut and the heat on high. The problem with this is that pollutants have nowhere to go. For instance, a gas stove in the kitchen gives off nitrogen dioxide, and it doesn’t have anywhere to escape. That’s why you want to keep a window slightly open in the kitchen while you’re cooking, letting the bad air out and the good air in.

Get rid of dust mites

Dust mites are microscopic critters that invade our homes, and they are the most common cause of allergies from house dust. They can be found in your mattress, your furniture, and even your carpet. The thing is, they love humid air, and they have a hard time living in dry air. Air conditioning helps keep humidity down, but it’s not really logical to run during the winter. That’s why a dehumidifier is so important: having one in the home keeps the air dry, and the dust mites away.

Keep the air dry

Not only does dry air keep the dust mites away, but it also keeps mold, and harmful mold spores from developing. These spores have a variety of symptoms, from sneezing, a runny nose, or in serious cases, allergy attacks. The best way to combat mold is to keep it from starting, and you do that by keeping the air dry in your home. Mold thrives in damp places, and if you have a basement that isn’t getting enough air ventilation, it’s a haven for mold spores and a perfect place to put a dehumidifier.

If you increase ventilation throughout the house, and keep the air dry, you can lower the levels of irritants in the air. You’ll find symptoms like headaches and sore throats go away, and generally feel better. By taking these steps to improve the air quality in your home, you’ll soon find that your family’s health will improve as well.

This post is in collaboration with Tesco

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