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Did you know that indoor air is 2 to 5 times – and occasionally over 100 times - more polluted than the air outdoors? This is because we normally have windows and doors closed, which keeps contaminants trapped inside our home.
Stagnant indoor air continues to gather toxins as we bring in pollen, dust, mold, pesticides and other chemicals on our hair, body, shoes and clothes. Our pets also track in pollutants. These impurities eventually settle on horizontal surfaces such as furniture, carpet, floors, and rugs, and may trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES
Pollen, Mold, and Dust mites are common allergens which can trigger any of the following symptoms:
Difficulty breathing - wheezing
Itching of the nose, roof of mouth or throat
Red, itchy, or watery eyes
Sneezing, runny nose, or post-nasal drip
Pet Dander is another problem; especially with cats. These symptoms can include:
Swelling and itching in the membranes of the nose or around the eyes
Coughing, shortness of breath, or wheezing
Redness or skin rash
KEEPING YOUR INDOOR AIR CLEAN
To improve the air in your home, open windows or doors daily, even for a short time, to allow “old” indoor air to escape. While outdoor air is not pristine, circulation is better than stagnation.
Use door mats at every entrance. If possible, have a “no shoes inside” policy, with a basket of slippers or socks at the door.
Avoid using toxic chemicals to clean your home. For a list of safe alternatives, click here.
Vacuum frequently using a HEPA filter vacuum or bags. Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed once a month and carpets at least once a week. Traffic areas can be vacuumed more often.
Carpets should be professionally cleaned once a year - every 6 months if someone in the family has allergies. We recommend using a dry, green, organic carpet cleaning company since steam cleaning can often lead to mold.
With these simple steps, you can get a handle on allergies while improving your overall health.
For more information, or for an estimate by phone, call (866) 261-4648.