Pollution Affects the Air Outdoors and Indoors
We can’t get away from air pollution. Toxic chemicals from cars and trucks combined with fumes from factories and power plants are present in the air we breathe. Many of us seek to escape and climb mountains, only to see the telltale smoke clouds of forest fires spreading with the help of wind and dry conditions.
Have a Family Plan for Clean Air
Hold a family meeting and discuss the importance of air quality inside and outside the home. Air quality is most important for children to ensure their health and safety. Determine if there are activities in the home that contaminate the air (e.g. smoking cigarettes, pipes or cigars). Consider whether the use of cleaning products or scented detergents in your washer add chemicals to your environment. Discuss what can be done to make the air in your home cleaner.
Determine Areas of Greatest Threat
The garage and basement contain some of the greatest risks to health. Gasoline, paints, sealers, and oil produce contaminants in the air. If the garage is attached to your house, make sure the door between the home and garage is always closed. Occasionally air out the garage by opening the garage door. The door to the basement must also be well sealed and closed. Basement windows can be opened to allow the evacuation of toxic fumes. Properly dispose of old cans of paints, varnishes, stains, sealers, and brush cleaners. Nothing should be left open, allowing the fumes to escape and contaminate the rest of the house.
Contaminants Are Everywhere
Dust mites, spores, animal dander, pollen, and particulates are suspended in the air but eventually collect on flat surfaces. Do not use a feather duster. Instead, use a specially designed cloth that traps the particulates. Vacuum cleaners need to have HEPA approved collector bags or filters to avoid redistributing these allergens around the home.
Household Cleaners, Detergents, Soaps Can Be Caustic
If you can smell anything, you are sensing the presence of a contaminate. Perfumes and colognes, deodorizers and especially aerosol sprays used for cleaning the air can be toxic. Consider some “green” cleaners for home use. Vinegar is great for wiping counters and surfaces, and can be used instead of fabric softener. If you like scented cleaners, look online for recipes to which you can add essential oils. Some oils like lavender help prevent dust mites and add a pleasant (and nontoxic) fragrance to the home.
Various HEPA filters can be run throughout the home to constantly clean the air. These machines are particularly handy if you have an infant or toddler. Children that age have smaller airways and allergens can be particularly damaging to their ability to breathe.
Checklist for Clean Air Inside the Home
- Seal or close any open chemical containers
- Keep doors to basement and garage closed and properly sealed
- Dust and vacuum frequently to eliminate particulates
- Do not smoke in the house
- Use unscented cleaning products and detergents
- Kitchen and bathroom ventilation should lead outside
- Use professional help to solve any serious air problems
Keeping your home free of dangerous, health-endangering contaminants is a major undertaking, but professional help is available. For Air Conditioning Service in London contact Canadian Comfort Heating and Cooling Systems to finally solve any contaminate problem. Don’t risk the health of your family. Call 519-686-1587 for more information or to schedule an appointment.