28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality, Part 2
Last week, I posted the first seven tips from my four-part blog series, “28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air”. These indoor air improvement suggestions were initially posted on Twitter and Facebook. Created in observance of National Care About Your Indoor Air Month, these suggestions can help you not only rejuvenate your indoor air but create a healthier overall environment in your home. The second set of tips is listed below. Be sure to check back for the last two installments!
- Keep the relative humidity level in your home between 45% and 50% to save energy. A comfortable room temperature usually depends on the intersection of your temperature and relative humidity level. Too much humidity in your environment can make rooms feel warmer than they actually are and too little moisture can cause rooms to feel bitterly cold. An inexpensive way to keep an eye on your humidity level is to use a hygrometer, which is a testing device used to monitor humidity levels in a given area.
- Use dust-mite resistant bedding to reduce allergy symptoms and get a better night’s sleep. Sleep is so crucial to good health. However, getting the 7-9 hours each night that sleep experts recommend is difficult when dust mites and other allergens cause you to sneeze, sniffle, and claw at your skin. To improve your sleep, surround yourself with soft, naturally hypoallergenic Kumi Kookoon silk sheets that even celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, and Scarlett Johansson swear by.
- Keep pets off furniture and use a HEPA filter vacuum to reduce pet dander allergens. Fido might be your best friend, but his allergies certainly don’t like you or your family as much. To keep allergy and asthma flare-ups at bay, make your furniture a no-pet zone and vacuum regularly. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum was designed to remove dust, pet hair, and other aggravating particulates.
- Smoke-free electric fireplaces are great green alternatives to traditional fireplaces. While gas and woodburning fireplaces add lots of rustic charm to any room, they also add something else—toxic fumes! Plus, they require a fair amount maintenance. On the other hand, electric fireplaces offer the same charm minus the toxic fumes and hassle. You can even enjoy these green options year-round since most can operate without the heat function.
- Use a test kit to find out which airborne irritants are most prevalent in your environment. A do-it-yourself test kit is a convenient way to get a glimpse of airborne irritants that may be harming your indoor environment. These kits can test for a wide variety of pollutants including mold, toxic mold, fiberglass, organic vapors, and dust mites. The samples are analyzed by Environmental Diagnostic Laboratories and a detailed report that includes recommended actions is sent to you.
- Use non-toxic steam to eliminate colonies of microorganisms called biofilms. Have you ever wondered what slime technically is? Most of the time, it is a biofilm. Biofilms are comprised of bacteria, fungi, yeast, and other microorganisms that can be linked to a variety of infections, including the serious bloodstream infection MRSA. Devices such as the Ladybug Tekno 2350, which features TANCS technology, have been shown to eliminate tough-to-control microfilms—along with dirt, dust mites, and other allergens—in a matter of seconds.
- Wash sheets and blankets in hot water each week to remove asthma- and allergy-causing irritants. Laundering your bed linens in hot water each week can keep dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and other irritants from disturbing your sleep.
Stay tuned next week for Part 3 of our 28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality blog series.