Learn These 6 Daily Habits To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Written by Sara Vartanian. Posted in Green Tips

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Published on October 04, 2013 with No Comments

With Canadians spending 80- 90% of their time indoors, according to the Lung Association, the issue of the safety of our home’s indoor air quality is important to consider.

What are we breathing in everyday? A cocktail of VOC’s, viruses, mould, and a lengthy list of chemicals that have serious impacts on our family’s health.

Make a significant difference in your home’s air quality by following  these six daily habits

1. Open a window  to bring fresh air into your home. Use a range-hood when cooking and any other exhaust fans in bathrooms to remove air and scents.

2. Get rid of dust. Regularly use a HEPA filter vacuum, wash bedding and textiles in all rooms, and wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth such as microfiber.

3. Reduce clutter, especially in bedrooms and baby’s nursery where many hours are spent. That’s less “stuff” to dust, less potential off-gassing, and less build-up of toxicities.

4. Leave shoes at the door of your home. Wearing them around the house tracks in chemicals which you breath in and your children play on. Yuck!

remove shoes to improve air quality

5. Keep your home pest free by emptying garbages, wiping counters, and storing food in tightly sealed (glass or stainless steel) containers.

6. Watch for signs of mould and water damage. Take care of the cause right away before it builds up and becomes a serious problem.

What tip would you add to this list?

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Sara Vartanian

Founder, Eco-Consultant & Greenproofer at Green Moms Collective
Sara Vartanian is an urban, green mom of two little boys. She a teacher, cloth diaper educator, founder & maternity eco-consultant/greenproofer of Green Moms Collective. If she's not on twitter talking all things green mom, she can be found wandering the city's green spaces and farmers markets with her family.

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