If you’re a parent, you’re used to taking extra precautions to keep your children healthy. You take them to get their flu shots every year, and you make sure they get their vitamins. However, have you stopped to think about how the air in your home affects your family’s health? The air inside your home could be filled with pollutants, allergens, and toxins that can make your children cough and sneeze, as well as make it difficult for them to breathe. So, if you want to make sure your kids stay healthy, you will want to clean it by taking the following steps.
Change Your Air Filters Often
One of the first steps you can take to protect your family is to stick to a schedule when it comes to changing out your filters. Clean, quality filters are your first line of protection in keeping pollutants out of your air and out of your family’s lungs. Yet, a quarter of adults surveyed in America do not change them enough, and some don’t change them at all. When people change their filters, 89 percent find dust, 40 percent find pet hair and dander, and a surprising 18 percent find insects, all of which could have ended up in their airways. So, check your filters often and change them on time. Allergy sufferers with pets in the home may even need to change out their filters every few weeks to keep dander from causing issues.
Use a Purifier to Clear Out Pollutants
Most people are shocked when they find out that the air in their homes can be much dirtier than the air outside. This is one of the many reasons you should be purifying the air in your home and taking steps to keep it from making your family sick. Using air purifiers is another way you can protect your family from potentially severe health issues such as asthma and emphysema. For children who have a tough time paying attention in school, purifying the air can also aid the brain’s ability to absorb oxygen, resulting in much better focus and an improved attention span. Check out some air purifier options and consider adding one (or a few) throughout your home. You may also want to add some plants to help purify your air as well.
Create a Regular Cleaning List to Reduce Allergens
Allergens like dust, pollen, and dander commonly find their way into your home and can cause uncomfortable symptoms for your family. While allergies can be severe on their own, they can also make pulmonary illnesses, like COPD, worse. Symptoms of COPD include wheezing and chest pain, so see your doctor as soon as possible, but also make sure you are reducing allergens at home. Put bedding, throw rugs, and other fabrics into the washer often, and change your clothes as soon as you come inside to prevent tracking in pollen. You also need to take extra care with cleaning. Dust and vacuum all around your home at least once a week — more if you have pets — and stick a cleaning schedule.
Prevent Moisture From Causing Problems
Cleaning the air and surfaces in your house is important to clean out pollutants. To really protect your children, however, you need to be aware of the problems mold can cause for your family. When your family is exposed to dampness and mold, they may experience stuffy heads and irritations to their eyes and skin. If anyone has a mold allergy or lung disease, reactions can be much worse and even cause life-threatening infections. So, make sure your steps to reduce pollutants include measures to reduce excess moisture. Repair any leaks as soon as possible, and definitely take the proper precautions when areas of your home are flooded to prevent a serious mold problem from popping up.
We take the air we breathe for granted, but keeping it clean can help keep kids healthy and happy. Take steps to reduce pollutants, allergens, and toxins around your home. Doing so will help your entire family breathe a little easier and feel safe at home.
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