Easy home im­prove­ments to ben­e­fit in­door air qual­ity

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Runny nose, itchy eyes and headache. Th­ese are just a few ail­ments suf­fered by home­own­ers with poor in­door air qual­ity, po­ten­tially as a re­sult of smoke, odors, dust or other con­tam­i­nants. Ac­cord­ing to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, peo­ple spend up to 90 per­cent of their time in­doors, where air qual­ity can be two to five times more pol­luted than the air out­side.

While asthma and al­lergy suf­fer­ers, chil­dren and the el­derly are par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to in­door air qual­ity, ev­ery­one is im­pacted by it. For­tu­nately, a few sim­ple and af­ford­able home im­prove­ments can go a long way to ben­e­fit your home’s air.

Skip syn­thetic fra­grances

De­spite their fresh scents, air fresh­en­ers and laun­dry prod­ucts can emit dozens of chem­i­cals. For truly fresh air, look for fra­grance­free or nat­u­ral prod­ucts and skip aerosol sprays. Keep rooms ven­ti­lated by open­ing win­dows and add a fern or aloe vera plant to help pu­rify your air.

Use paint that re­duces some in­door odors and pol­lu­tants

Sherwin-Wil­liams Har­mony(r) Paint helps re­duce com­mon in­door odors like those from cook­ing and smoke. Har­mony’s new en­hanced zero-VOC for­mula (avail­able in flat and eg-shel) helps pro­mote bet­ter in­door air qual­ity by re­duc­ing some in­door air pol­lu­tants from po­ten­tial sources like in­su­la­tion, car­pet, cab­i­nets and fab­rics.

Clean up dust­grab­bing dé­cor

House­hold dust can trap chem­i­cals and al­ler­gens. Some ob­jects are prone to dust, such as rugs, up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture and in­fre­quently moved ac­ces­sories. Opt for easy-to- clean or wash­able items to avoid dust get­ting trapped in your space. De­hu­mid­ify moist spa­ces Mois­ture can at­tract dust mites, mildew and mold, so keep your rooms at a safe 30 to 50 per­cent hu­mid­ity level. An in­ex­pen­sive in­door hu­mid­ity mon­i­tor will check your home’s lev­els, and a ba­sic de­hu­mid­i­fier can solve many mois­ture chal­lenges.

Clean floors reg­u­larly

Use a vac­uum cleaner that is equipped with a HEPA fil­ter (a high­qual­ity, dense type of fil­ter) and ro­tat­ing brushes to re­move dust and dirt from floors, and vac­uum weekly, es­pe­cially in high-traf­fic ar­eas. A good vac­uum will not blow dust or dirt out in the ex­haust. Twice a month, use a mi­crofiber mop on hard floors, skip­ping any chem­i­cal clean­ing so­lu­tions in fa­vor of warm wa­ter or a nat­u­ral prod­uct.

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Use paint that re­duces some in­door odors and pol­lu­tants

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