Breathe Easy -- Healthy Air, Healthy Home

The term "air quality" is usually associated with outdoor air pollution caused by cars and factories.  The shocking truth however is that the toxins in our home are often more dangerous than those outside.

Hazards present themselves in the form of pet dander, dust mites, nitrous dioxides from natural gas, formaldehyde from furniture and various allergens including fungi.  Here are just a few ways to improve your home's air quality:

  1. Just Let It Out - Properly ventilate your home to reduce pollutants and moisture.  Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms and open your windows whenever possible to allow toxins to escape.

  2. Clean Green - Use natural cleaners such as lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda instead of  household cleansers that contain toxic chemicals.  There are also various houseplants that purify your home's air such as peace lilies and spider plants.

  3. Tread Lightly - Carpets trap various irritants which present serious dangers, especially for children.  If replacing carpets with hardwood isn’t an option, make sure to vacuum a few times a week and place doormats at the entrances of your home.

  4. Furry Friends - Brush pets outside and wash their beds each week to control hair and dander.  There are also a variety of indoor air purification systems designed to improve your home's air quality that are especially great for pet owners.

Nothing in life is quite as precious as the air we breathe.  That said, the air we breathe is also taken for granted.  We focus so much time and effort sprucing up our home so that it looks nice.   It therefore makes sense for us to ensure our home's air quality is also clean.


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