Just when you start to enjoy the cooler weather, do you find that you’re dealing with a stuffy nose, headaches and sinus infections? Find out how to improve your indoor air quality to help prevent these health issues.
Wipe down your pets after they have been outside. Get into the habit of using a dry microfiber cloth to wipe off your pet when they come back into the house. The microfiber will collect most of the allergens and you can put it directly into the washing machine to clean the cloth.
Use your indoor plants as air purifiers. Aloe vera and spider plants are extremely easy to grow and both help to remove formaldehyde and benzene (chemicals found in cleaning products and rubber backed carpets) from the air.
Invest in a high quality air filter. You want to find a HEPA rated air filter that moves the air so that it can clean the entire room. Make sure to research this purchase thoroughly so you find the right air purifier for your family’s needs.
Keep your windows closed. No matter how beautiful the day may be, keeping your windows closed will help prevent dust, mold and allergens from entering your home. Fall air is filled with weed pollen and mold from falling leaves.
Place carpets at every entry point into your home. Your shoes collect pollen and other allergens as you walk around outside. By placing rugs at each door you can wipe off some of the allergens before you enter the home. An even better idea is to remove your shoes and leave them in the garage or basement.
Vacuum more often with a HEPA rated vacuum. Don’t wait until your carpets look like they need a good vacuuming. You can’t see the allergens that end up in your home, so get into the habit of vacuuming two to three times a week. Make sure to use a vacuum that has a new HEPA filter so it collects all the allergens without leaking the dust back into the air.
Photo credits: Leslie Reichert