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!
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?