You may not be able to control global environmental pollution, but inside your house you are the queen or king of the castle and there are a few things you can do to keep your air quality high and safe for your family.
1. Although cozy, wood burning fireplaces create toxins such as soot and carbon which are not healthy to inhale. Any type of smoke should be avoided. This includes using an indoor grill pan while cooking on your stovetop at a high temperature.
2. Don’t let people smoke inside your house. Second hand smoke can be just as harmful as smoking the cigarette yourself. It can irritate your pets and they may not be able to voice their discomfort.
3. Be careful what you use to clean with. Strong chemicals can irritate your lungs and be especially harmful to young children. There are plenty of natural cleaning products on the market now that get the job done just as well.
4. Use an air filter in your house to filter the air. Make sure the filters in your HVAC are clean and change them regularly. This is a simple and inexpensive tip, but crucial to the wellbeing of your heating and cooling system.
5. Keep your windows closed to keep out dust, especially on high air pollution days if you live in a city.
6. Watch what candles you burn. They are pretty to look at and can make your house smell wonderful but they can carry a small amount of toxins. Certain types of wax do not contain as many binders or scent chemicals.
7. Keep mold under control by having a good ventilation system in your house. Keep the air circulating in bathrooms and the laundry room. Anywhere there can be dampness you may want to run a dehumidifier.
8. Consider investing in an air ionizer to purify the air in your home. They do a great job and are the newer models are so quite you won’t notice them running.