Many of us take for granted the air that we breathe. In most villages, towns and cities we are blessed with relatively clean air – although you do hear about certain places in the world that is so encased in pollution the air is actually dangerous to breathe. This is a pretty scary reality, and even in the cleanest of places, pollution can sometimes affect the air around us. Think about it: you wouldn’t drink dirty water, so why would you breathe in dirty air? More of us than ever now suffer from respiratory related health issues such as asthma, rhinitis and other generic allergies. Therefore, there has never been a better time to be conscious about what is in the air that you breathe in. It’s not just outside that’s the problem either – research suggests that the air within the home can be just as problematic as the air outside the home. Here are some of the ways it can affect us and what you can do to help keep the air in your home clean and safe.
If you do happen to live somewhere where the air is quite heavily polluted, it can be quite a serious problem for you and your family. It only gets worse during the summer months, as rising heat levels can mean we feel smothered by whatever smog is hanging in the air. But it is a double-edged sword, as many people will leave doors and windows open during summer in an effort to stay cool. They know the risks of letting harmful air into their properties, but when the heat gets unbearable, you’ve got to act! One easy way to solve this issue is to get a new A/C unit installed, or if you already have one, look into residential air conditioning repair.
Keeping on top of damp
Too much condensation and not enough ventilation can lead to things like damp and mildew in the home. While these may not seem like anything particularly dangerous at first, they can start to cause problems if left untreated. If conditions are humid, dust mites can start to multiply, and this is one of the leading causes of respiratory conditions. Make sure your home is properly ventilated and is fitted with things like extractor fans so that surface water doesn’t remain in the property for too long.
If you are a smoker, avoiding smoking indoors will vastly improve the air quality in your home. Certain states have implemented smoking bans in public places such as restaurants and have seen the air quality improve as a result, so why not do the same in your own home? It will also provide a much healthier environment for your children to grow up in, which can only be a good thing. The odor of smoke can embed itself in clothes and fabrics too, such as the fabric on your couch, so by making a habit of only smoking outdoors you will also help improve the smell within your home.