Indoor Air Quality: How to Clean it Up

Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air.

This is often the case in nearly every indoor space. The indoor air quality in your home could be affecting your health and that of your family in ways you may not realize. Bad air quality can trigger several things — coughing, sore throat, itchy eyes, shortness of breath and even an asthma attack. With continued poor air quality you might experience long lasting colds, frequent headaches, bronchitis and chronic asthma.

If you live in the north like we do, this becomes even more important in the colder months when the house is shut up more often.

But don’t despair because we have some good news for you. There are some easy and affordable solutions to many of them.

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One thing our household has is air purifiers and I would not be without one. I can literally smell the difference in the air. We have two. I highly suggest a good one with a HEPA filter. There are various sizes, shapes and prices so I am sure you will find one to suit your room and decor.

Humidifiers can be important to the air quality in your home. Improving a home’s indoor air quality involves more than finding ways to remove unwanted particles that might be drifting around. Finding the right humidity balance can be essential for a healthy indoor environment. Both air that is too dry and air that is too damp can result in serious problems.

And which is best?? We have both in our home.

Both warm and cool mist humidifiers are effective at adding moisture to the air in your home, so they both are helpful in easing respiratory and sinus discomfort associated with colds, coughs, and other illnesses. However, keep in mind that warm mist options are more effective at reducing bacteria and germs.

We suggest always use distilled water in your humidifier. Water straight out of the faucet contains minerals that will be deposited on your humidifier and can promote the growth of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. This would go for both the cool and warm mist humidifiers.

The cool thing is these days you can get warm and cool in ONE…

Another Tip: Change the water every day. This is especially important for cool mist systems. On a daily basis, empty the tanks, thoroughly dry all surfaces, and refill with clean distilled water.

Cool Mist seems to be most popular

Another Tip: Clean the humidifier every three days. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.

But… How do we know if we need more or less humidity?

The optimal level is between 30 and 50. We have a inexpensive little humidity gauge. It’s important because we do not want to be to dry or to humid. Either of those can affect our health. This can be especially important for those with lung issues.

I have noticed when I leave the windows open on a dry day that the gauge drops a lot. Just yesterday it went from 45 down to 33 in about an hour.

I hope this has been a helpful to you because we all need cleaner air in our homes. We may not be able to do much about the outdoors but we can help ourselves when we are in our own home.


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