Having bad quality air in your home causes, allergies, asthma or even having frequent headaches. It can also cause coughing, sore throat, itchy eyes, bronchitis, and colds.
There is also the problem of dust mites. Dust mites are tiny microscopic relatives of the spider family. They live on furniture, linens, carpet, curtains and your mattress.
“Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case,” says William J. Calhoun, MD, professor of medicine and vice-chair of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.” Even space heaters, furnaces, stoves, ranges, ovens, fireplaces, and water heaters “release gasses and particulates into the air.
- So what can you do to make the air quality in your home better?
- Change the furnace air filter at least once a month or install a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter every 6 months.
- Change your air conditioner filter as well, according to manufacturer’s suggestion
- Increase ventilation in your home by opening windows
- Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA Filter
- Keep a clean home and clean often
- Purchase green cleaning products and stay away from non-toxic, non-aerosol, unscented cleaning product as they are harmful to you.
- Keep humidity between 30% and 50%
- Plants Peace Lilly’s, English Ivy, Chrysanthemum and spider plants. These plants are helpful in lowering toxic agents such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from indoor air. In a combined effort, their foliage and roots absorb certain VOC’s.
Perfumes and room air fresheners are all bad to inhale as they have many toxic ingredients. The EWG states that Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne. “A rose may be a rose. But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.
Makers of popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays market their scents with terms like “floral,” “exotic,” or “musky,” but they don’t disclose that many scents are actually a complex cocktail of natural essences and synthetic chemicals – often petrochemicals. Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by Environmental Working Group revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products, topped by American Eagle Seventy Seven with 24, Chanel Coco with 18, and Britney Spears Curious and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio with 17.
The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.
Also in the ranks of undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues. These include Diethyl Phthalate a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans (Silva 2004) and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies (Swan 2008), and musk ketone, a synthetic fragrance ingredient that concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.