Air Quality: Do You Know How to Improve It?
The air inside a house can sometimes be more polluted than the air outside. To help you breathe easy at home, follow these easy and practical tips.
Develop good habits
- Choose paints, solvents, tapes and varnishes that do not contain any trace of volatile organic compounds (VOCs);
- Keep the humidity level in your home at approximately 45%. At this level, the air will not be too dry and you will minimize the spread of mould. Open the windows often and maintain the appropriate humidity level by using a dehumidifier if necessary;
- Change or at least regularly clean the filters that are used in various appliances (air purifier, central heating unit, vacuum cleaner, etc.);
- Instead of using commercial perfume diffusers, choose a more natural option;
- Minimize the amount of pet hair in the air by brushing their fur regularly.
Cleaning products: eliminate contaminants at their source
You can minimize certain contaminants simply by changing your cleaning habits. Three ingredients for an effective and natural clean: baking soda, lemon and white vinegar.
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Get rid of dust!
Investing in a good quality vacuum cleaner is a first step in effectively getting rid of dust (and all the contaminants it contains). Look for vacuum cleaners with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter; these vacuums are able to "harvest" more particles than regular vacuum cleaners.
Also, think of all the little nooks and crannies in your house, such as the edges of windows, along the walls and behind appliances. It is also advisable that you wash fabric curtains every three months, as they are real "germ catchers"! Finally, pay special attention to mould in bathrooms: because of their humidity level, bathrooms are conducive to the spread of fungus that can be dangerous to your family members.
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