Breathe Easy | What You Can Do to Improve Home Air Quality and Keep Your Children Healthy
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Keeping our children healthy is one of our main priorities as parents, and one significant threat to their health is poor air quality. It's natural to think of polluted roads and cities, but your home can also be full of allergens and pollutants. Thankfully, there's much that can be done to improve your home’s air quality and keep your children healthy in the process.
Know the Signs of Mold
Clean air can impact various aspects of life, especially for children. It has countless benefits for both adults and kids, keeping one physically healthy and your little one's energy levels bounding higher. However, in a damp, unclean environment, mold can flourish and taint the air we breathe. This can leave children susceptible to developing worrying health issues. Mold is dangerous when a home is not dry, so be on the lookout for symptoms including chronic coughing and frequent sneezing. Exposure can escalate into a pulmonary illness like asthma. Be aware of the signs and deal with the causes before any problems develop.
To improve the air quality in your home, survey it regularly and be alert to anything that could become an issue. You can strengthen your home's protection against common pollutants, as well as moisture, by inspecting your home's ventilation systems. These include AC filters, which will definitely need replacement, especially if they are used frequently, as well as cooking vents and any other air ducts. Don't overlook other potential sources of pollution like your vacuum cleaner and dryer. Keep these cleaned and their filters changed.
Maintain Fresh Air
Pollutants and allergens are pernicious and are not conspicuous like mold. Clean air offers protection against them and keeps your home safe for little ones. Supplement your A/C by investing in air purifiers. There are different types, so research which ones are best for your home. Make sure, as well, that your house is sufficiently ventilated.
To keep your home’s air clean, develop a cleaning regimen, with at least weekly vacuuming and dusting. Use a microfiber cloth as other dusters may end up spreading allergens across all your other surfaces. Switch out bedding weekly, as it can easily accumulate unwanted detritus that can be harmful to sinuses. Don't overlook your duvet and mattress, either, as they could benefit from being dusted or vacuumed. Vacuum curtains and couches weekly as well. If you haven't switched to wooden or tiled flooring, it's a good idea to use an allergen reducer on your carpets and rugs.
Use Child-Friendly Products
Unfortunately, many cleaning products could themselves contribute to respiratory issues. The great thing is that there are alternatives that you can use which are child friendly. You can even make your own versions by using everyday ingredients with recipes widely available online. Extend this approach to products like air fresheners, as some can also contribute to breathing problems. Like cleaning products, you can use home ingredients such as baking soda and cinnamon sticks. Consider plants, too, as they emit pleasing fragrances and also have the added bonus of helping to clean and filter air.
With the right cleaning strategy, your home can be a place where you do not have to worry about little ones having breathing problems or becoming ill. Know the signs to look out for, choose natural products, and keep your home dry and full of fresh air. Your home should be a sanctuary and fill your lives with health and joy.