Have you ever considered how the quality of the air inside your home could affect the health of you and your children?
It’s not something many of us think about, however children breathe in as much as 50% more air than adults and have immature respiratory systems, so it’s important to do a quick check and make sure the air in your home is fresh and clean.
This is especially important if one of your children has asthma or suffers with another respiratory condition.
Surprisingly some studies have shown indoor air is 2-5 times more contaminated than outdoor air, and the home can contain thousands of toxins and impurities.
For example many household products, paints, carpets and upholstery contain high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can let off gas for up to 7 years in some cases.
Regular personal care, cleaning products and even some kid’s craft products contain chemicals, which can be released in the air.
Pet hair, dust mite, mould and pollution from ineffective wood burners and heaters are also major contributors to poor indoor air quality.
Fortunately there are some simple ways to boost the quality of the air inside your house and minimise the impact on you and your family.
Here are my top five tips:
Make sure you open windows and doors to allow the air to circulate and be replaced by fresh air (even when it’s cold or hot outside).
Modern building design tends to seal the house, and we often use air conditioners to heat and cool homes.
Humidity can be a breeding ground for mould spores, which can be very dangerous.
Ensure your home has good ventilation and consider using a dehumidifier if you live in a particularly humid area.
If you have mould choose a natural mould killer to kill the spores (wiping them off isn’t enough). Roof ventilation can be a good investment if your ceiling is mouldy.
Regular Carpet Cleaning
Carpets can be one of the biggest air filters in your house and absorb all kinds of bacteria, toxins and VOCs.
If your carpets are not kept clean these compounds and chemicals can be released back in to the air. Regular carpet cleaning will help to improve the air quality in your home.
Studies have shown that indoor plants are great at absorbing household toxins and every home should ‘go green’.
A study by NASA in the 1980s identified several of the top performing plants, which include Aloe Vera, the Spider plant and the Weeping Fig.
Go Green with Chemicals
Replace standard cleaning products (and personal care products) with natural ‘green’ alternatives.
Natural products don’t contain the same harsh chemicals, and are cleaner on the environment as well as gentle on your home.
Take a look around your home and do a mini audit of the air quality. Then you can start to implement the steps above and enjoy fresh, clean and healthy air in your home.