How to Maintain Clean Air Quality in Your Home

COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis…all are conditions where air quality can play a huge part in managing symptoms. If you or a loved one have one of these conditions, learning how to maintain clean air quality in the home is especially important. Your home is, after all, where you spend most of your time. Let’s look at how you can keep it safe for all family members and others with allergies or breathing problems.

How to Maintain Clean Air Quality in Your Home

6 Ways to Maintain Clean Air Quality in Your Home

1. Keep Your Floors Clean

Dust and pollen often rest on the floor, in carpets, and on other surfaces. Regular vacuuming and cleaning can cut down on these allergens dramatically.

Use only Certified Sealed HEPA vacuums — which filtrate the air before releasing it back into your home and are tightly sealed to prevent dust particles and allergens from escaping.

Other cleaning techniques can also help to cut down on particles that contaminate the air in your home. Mop your hardwood and laminate floors regularly. Put doormats at all entrances to your home to cut down on the dust that is brought in.

2. Invest in an Air Filtration System

Very fine particles in the air can irritate the lungs. A filtration system can process the air particles and filter them out for cleaner air. Air conditioners can help minimize allergens, but a dedicated air filtration system is the most efficient way to really clean the air in your home.

3. Wash Bed Sheets Regularly

Dust mites love to make themselves right at home in your bedding and mattress. Inhaling them when you sleep can cause breathing trouble.

To cut down on this, use a mattress cover and pillow cases that will keep dust mites out of your airways (cases that are advertised as bed-bug-proof will do the trick). Wash your bedsheets and other linens in hot water at least once a week to kill any and all dust mites lurking in there.

4. Make Your Home a No-Smoking Zone

Cigarette smoke irritates and inflames the nasal passageways. There are many cases every year of cigarette smoke causing asthma, reducing lung function, and even causing infections of the lower respiratory tract.

One study revealed over 7,000 chemicals that are released into the air from second-hand smoke — chemicals that exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other breathing problems. Be firm, and make your entire home into a no-smoking zone that will protect you and your entire family.

5. Use All-Natural Fragrances

Perfumes, laundry detergents, air fresheners, and other fragrances emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. These chemical culprits are often responsible for causing asthma attacks and other breathing problems.

There are many natural alternatives to fragrances that you can use. Essential oils come in a variety of scents and can be used in many versatile ways.

Opt for fragrance-free or naturally scented products, and stop using aerosol sprays, such as air fresheners, deodorants, and cleaners.

6. Limit Pet Dander

Pet dander can irritate allergies and cause breathing problems to get worse. If you already have a pet, or can’t live without one, then take steps to control the pet dander and its unfriendly side-effects in your home.

Wash your hands every time you pet your animal, and keep pets out of your bedroom. This will allow you to have at least one dander-free room in your house and limit the effects

Your home is your sanctuary — keep it safe from dust, pollen, and other allergens that pose a risk to your family’s health. We hope these 6 suggestions help you to maintain clean air quality in your home.

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