Coronavirus & Indoor Air Quality
Updated: Feb 8
With the recent developments due to the Coronavirus causing us to spend more time indoors, now is a good time to do an assessment of the indoor air quality of your home, if it isn’t a regular practice already.
While news sources urge us to stay safe from outside germs and viruses spread from other people, it is of equal importance to be aware of contaminants that we create within our own space.
Major indoor air pollutants include carbon monoxide, asbestos, mold and lesser known effects such as vinyl flooring (made from reprocessed plastic, lead and other toxic chemicals). These chemicals have been associated with serious health issues, including respiratory problems, neurological issues, skin irritations, and cancer.
Here are five tips to keep in mind to improve and upkeep the quality of the air in your home:
1. // Keep Your Rugs and Carpets Clean //
Rugs and carpets act as their own air filters, trapping dust and other particles. Cleaning your carpets and rugs as often as possible improves the air quality in your home just by lying there.
(Calisto Rug by Articture)
2. // Change Your AC Filter //
While air-conditioning systems are cycling through air to keep your home at the perfect temperature, they’re also filtering out some of the common air pollutants. Eventually, these air filters fill up and stop doing their job. Not only does that cause trouble for your indoor air quality, it also wears down your AC system, which can lead to costly repairs in the future.
(photo via Angie's List)
3. // Use Cooking Vents //
Gas stoves release harmful contaminants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Electric burners also produce those same pollutants in lower levels that are absorbed into your bloodstream. So, when you’re cooking, be sure to turn on your vents and open windows to help clean out the air even more.
(photo via pinterest)
4. // Buy Indoor Plants to Freshen the Air //
Plants are nature’s natural air filters. Buying a few indoor plants can do wonders to improve the indoor air quality in your home, while enhancing your home décor. According to WebMd, NASA research shows that indoor plants act as living air purifiers -- the foliage and roots work in tandem to absorb chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials.
5. // Keep Linens and Upholstered Items Clean //
Dust mites are a leading cause of poor air quality and a common cause of asthma in children. They are allergens that irritate your nose and throat causing sinus problems. Found in bedding, pillows, and furniture they feed off of dead skin cells. Dust mites can often linger in the fabric of your homes such as bedding, cushions, and curtains. It is important that you clean these items regularly.
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