With the launch of our Sweet Dreams Nursery Contest and Sweepstakes last week, things have been a little hectic around the Sylvane office. However, now that things seem to be a little calmer, let’s move on to the third installment of our 28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality blog series.
- Leave shoes at the door to keep pesticides, dirt, and other germs out of your home. Occasionally, the quick brushing that you give your shoes on the doormat is not effective at keeping harmful irritants out of your home. If possible, leave shoes on shoe racks or or other shelves located in a garage or other area close to your door.
- Choose a green paint to reduce exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Just because the noxious odors from your latest painting project are gone doesn’t mean that your indoor air is safe. Some paints can release harmful levels of VOCs into your environment causing headaches, dizziness, respiratory ailments, and other issues. Look for paints labeled “zero VOC” and “no VOC”.
- Use a carbon monoxide detector to protect your home. Carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled, so the best way to keep your family safe from this “silent killer” is to use a carbon monoxide detector like the Safety Siren Pro Series Combination Gas Detector. This gas detector samples your home’s air every 2.5 minutes for carbon monoxide. If this gas—methane and propane—is detected, visual and audible alarms will be activated.
- Fix leaks and drips as soon as possible to avoid asthma-triggering mold growth. Mold needs moist, dark areas to flourish. Leaks behind toilets, underneath sinks, and other areas should be inspected regularly for issues and mold growth.
- Clean the inside of your refrigerator to remove mold growth. Remember that broccoli you bought a few weeks ago, but never got around to cooking? It could be spawning some serious mold growth and harming the freshness of your other refrigerated items. Remove all items from your refrigerator and completely wipe down all of the shelves, drawers, interior walls, rails, and drawer guides.
- Use air purifiers with antimicrobial filters to remove bacteria, mold, and fungi from your air. If you think that bacteria, mold, and fungi are only harmful on surfaces, think again. Your air can be polluted by these contaminants as well. An air purifier—like the Rabbit Air BioGS SPA-582A Air Purifier—with an antimicrobial filter will help protect your home and family from a wide range of indoor air pollutants.
- Dehumidifiers remove the moisture dust mites need to live. Dust mites are one of the primary allergy offenders. These microorganisms live in warm moist areas and can cause itchy skin, respiratory issues, and more. If your home tends to be a little damp, a dehumidifier is a great way to eliminate the excess moisture and get a handle on your dust mite problem.
Interested in more indoor air quality tips? Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series. Also, stay tuned next week for the fourth and final installment of 28 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality.