6 Things You’re Doing that Pollute Your Home

candlesThere are things you are doing every day that have an impact on the indoor air quality of your home. It is known that quite often, air quality indoors is worse than air quality outside. So, what mistakes are you making that are having a negative impact on your indoor air quality and what can you do about it? Let’s find out!

Keeping Windows Shut

Between heating and air conditioning, you may find that your windows are shut year round. This may be great for your energy efficiency, but not great for your indoor air quality. You can easily remedy this issue by regularly opening those windows wide and letting some fresh air flow your home. This is especially good to do after a rainstorm, as that produces some of the freshest air.

The Air Conditioner

Air conditioning is one of the best modern inventions, but it also can be a hazard to your indoor air quality. See, the coils in your air conditioning unit are a dark and moist environment, and do you know what likes to grow in dark and moist environments? Mold, mildew and other harmful things could be growing in your air conditioner. It’s best to have it cleaned and serviced by a professional regularly. You can also put in a UV light to help kill these pollutants and keep them from growing.

Candles

Scented candles do smell nice, but they are not good for you. Candles are known to release chemicals when burned that are hazardous to your health. If you want your house to smell nice, try an oil diffuser, and if you like candles go for pure beeswax candles.

Air Fresheners

Despite the name, air fresheners do nothing to freshen the air in your home. What they actually do is introduce harmful chemicals to your home. So, just avoid these all together and go for the aforementioned oil diffuser if you want something to smell nice.

Air Filters

It can be difficult to remember to change your air filter regularly, but it’s one of the most important things you can do in order to improve the air quality inside your home. If not changed it’s a breeding ground for unhealthy pollutants in your home. If you have to, set a reminder on your phone to change it, or get one of those fancy new digital thermometers that will remind you to do it.

Cleaning Products

Common household cleaners are full of unhealthy chemicals. When they’re sitting in storage between uses, they can release something called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It’s best to remember for the sake of your indoor air quality to store these cleaners outside of your home, in the garage if you can.

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