Are you concerned about the air quality of your home? Post & Beam Design/Build
has compiled a list of easy steps you and your family can take to not
only reduce chemicals and allergens in your air but also to improve your
overall health. Start breathing clean, fresh air again!
You can improve the air quality in your home by:
1. Clean Your Floors
It’s amazing the number of toxins, dirt, pollen, and dander we track
in and around the house. Keeping your floors cleaned through vacuuming
and mopping, can have a serious impact on getting rid of those pesky pollutants.
When vacuuming, make sure your machine has strong suction and filter to
ensure that the dirt and dust won’t get blown back out into the
air through the exhaust. Using a microfiber mop can also help pick up
more grime that other fibers leave behind. It is also a good idea to leave
a door mat by each door to help with keeping the dirt at the entrance
and out of your home.
2. Keep an Eye on the Humidity
Certain pollutants, like mold and dust mites, love moisture and humid homes.
Keeping your humidity between 30% and 50% can help reduce the number of
allergens in your home. Purchasing a dehumidifier can help keep the humidity
in your home under control, but there are other ways of also controlling
the moisture including opening windows when cooking or showering, letting
the clothes dryer vent to the outside, fixing leaky pipes, and not over
watering house plants.
3. No Smoking Inside
If you or someone you live with smokes, this is the number one way you
can improve air quality in your home. By simply enforcing a “smoke
outside” rule, you can severely reduce the number of toxic chemicals
in the air. Research shows that cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals
and second-hand smoke can impact the health of those that breathe it in,
4. Have Your Home Tested for Radon
Radon is a radioactive gas that is found in both old and new homes. This
odorless and colorless gas comes from the natural decay of uranium in
the soil and can significantly increase the risk of lung cancer. Testing
for radon is incredibly easy and, if your home does possess high levels
of radon, solutions are also simple and affordable.
5. Get Rid of the Synthetic Fragrances
Spray cans and air fresheners might smell fresh, but those chemical lemon
and pine smells only pump more chemicals into your home’s air. A
study found that plug-in air fresheners emitted up to 20 different chemicals,
some of which were marked as hazardous by federal law. Instead of going
for the chemical scents, look for natural ways to freshen your home, like
opening your windows, adding house plants, using lemons or baking soda
as scents in your kitchen, and using mild cleaners that don’t have
For more tips on how to improve your home,
contact our Baltimore County contractors at Post & Beam Design/Build.