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You cannot control the air outside your home, but you can take steps to manage the air inside your home. From shortness of breath to stuffy noses, itchy rashes and red eyes, the air quality of your home directly affects the quality of your life and your family’s. Here are two ways you can help make your home less friendly to allergens and pollutants.
Make a Clean Routine
- Vacuuming every other day to remove allergens that may be trapped in your rugs or carpets. Toddler Tip: Instead of purchasing a noisy vacuum, consider buying a quiet model if you have little ones who take frequent naps during the day.
- Dusting more than just surfaces. It’s easy to miss the dust in places out of your line of sight. Don’t forget to wipe down blinds, ceiling fan blades, tops of tall shelves, cabinets and windowsills.
- Keeping moisture to a minimum, which involves more than just your bathroom. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down access moisture on surfaces where water tends to collect, like the shower, laundry room and kitchen counters.
- Opening windows when using chemicals and cleaners. Better yet, use organic or eco-friendly cleaners that don’t emit pungent smells or toxic vapors into the air.
- Ensure all your HVAC ducts are sealed and secured from pollutants working their way inside.
- Take your dog to the groomer regularly, so that they shed less and limit the amount of fur and dander that gets on bedding and furniture.
- Make sure shrubs and trees are about 3 feet away from your house, so that their roots are less likely to transmit water into your basement or crawl spaces
- Directing all your vents, like the one in the bathroom and the one over the stove, outside and not into attics, crawlspaces or basements.
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