Everyday home activities contribute to polluted indoor air.
- lighting candles
- drying clothes
- and even sleeping and breathing
The average home contains materials that can potentially release toxins into our indoor air, like volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are found in a number of items from plastic toys, to building materials — and they can off-gas into our homes for years after they’re installed. While there are many products on the market that offer low or, even better, no traces of VOCs, in some cases they’re unavoidable. So what can we do about them, while improving our indoor air?
Short of spending all our time outdoors — which, let’s face it, most of us can’t do with our jobs or home life — we need to better manage our indoor lives. So here are a few things that you can do to really help improve the quality of the indoor air in your home:
- Open your windows at least three to four times a day to allow the fresh air in and open your blinds to let the sun/natural light into your home
- Keep bathroom doors closed and turn on the exhaust fan or open a window when you are showering — I usually set mine to run for 30 minutes after a shower
- Turn the hood fan on when you’re cooking and open your windows
- Don’t burn candles (or save them for those romantic occasions)
- Clean regularly with environmentally friendly products and vacuum baseboards and edges of walls
- Clean your home fans and air ducts as least twice a year
- Use hypoallergenic air filters in your HVAC systems and air purifiers — and remember to check and change them often (at least every three months).
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