Whether you suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory or health conditions, the quality of your interior air can make a difference between whether you’re comfortable in your own home or you suffer from frequent and potentially dangerous attacks. But unlike outdoor allergies, which can be difficult to control (without medication), you have a lot of sway over the particulates that commonly pollute interior air. And when you know what these substances are and how to get them out of your indoor air you can breathe a lot easier every time you walk in the door. Here are just a few actions you can take to clean up the air in your sanctuary.
First you should know that there are several common culprits when it comes to indoor air pollution, including dust, pet dander, cigarette smoke, mold, bacteria, and even outdoor allergens like pollen that have made their way inside. The good news is that you can find ways to get rid of all of them almost completely, and you don’t necessarily have to give away your beloved pet or spend every day consumed with cleaning tasks to get the job done, either. Of course, the place to start is by cutting down on the items in your home that produce particulates.
In truth, it is a good idea to clean your home regularly, especially when it comes to dusting and vacuuming. You don’t have to spend every day scrubbing the floors, but you should dust and vacuum at least weekly, and possibly more depending on the seriousness of your respiratory conditions. Having pets in the home may also necessitate more frequent cleaning. But you can hedge your bets by doing away with plush surfaces (textiles, carpeting, etc.) as much as possible since these tend to trap and release airborne particulates. And of course, you should avoid smoking indoors.
You’ll also want to use some kind of filtration designed to stop particulates from circulating in the air, and devices that feature HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters are ideal. You can find vacuums that feature HEPA filtration systems, but you can also install these filters in your HVAC system and place portable air purifiers throughout your home where you need them most. The reason these filters are better than others, especially for people with allergies and asthma, is that they are rated to catch particles as small as 0.3 micrometers. Just for reference, most dust particles range from 2-10 micrometers in size. These filters can even trap bacteria!
Of course, using air filtration as a weapon against allergens won’t necessarily stop the incursion of outdoor allergens, so you might want to conduct a home energy audit in order to address points of ingress that are allowing for airflow from the outside. And once you’ve made your home more airtight, you’ll also want to make sure you have proper ventilation and perhaps even dehumidifiers in place in order to avoid excess moisture and the mold and mildew that can result (further impacting your indoor air quality). When you take the steps necessary to clean up your interior air, you can avoid respiratory distress and make your home the haven it should be.