4 Indoor Air Pollutants That Can Harm Your Home
Improve indoor air quality at home with the help of these tips
There’s a common notion that air pollution only occurs outdoors—think cars, smoke belchers, and the like. But did you know that air pollution can also happen inside your home? When the air exchange in your space is low, natural air pollutants can accumulate and affect not only your furniture but your overall health as well.
Take note of these common air pollutants and how you can keep your space free from air pollution.
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Mold is a type of fungus that grows in organic furnishings that have excess moisture. It is important to prevent mold growth at home as it can grow in any household surface and damage its material. It can also produce allergens and toxins that may trigger asthma or rhinitis.
The Solution: Proper ventilation helps keep mold from growing. Make sure that air can circulate properly in the bedroom or garage by opening doors and windows. Keep organic materials such as books and newspapers away from moist areas as it can easily become a breeding ground.
Pollen is a powdery type of substance from flowering plants. The most common cause of allergic rhinitis is dry pollen, which is easily carried by wind currents. If not addressed as soon as possible, pollen can cause eye allergies such as conjunctivitis and rashes (dermatitis).
The Solution: January is the start of pollen season in the Philippines. Make sure you dust and vacuum regularly, especially in mostly used areas like the living room, kitchen, and bedroom.
Mites are microscopic creatures that thrive in dust particles. Their droppings and cast-off skin usually cause asthma and allergic reactions. Dust mites thrive in carpets, mattresses, and pillows.
The Solution: Wash your pillow covers and linens every two weeks to prevent allergens from thriving. Air out your mattress every month to avoid dirt and dust accumulation.
The skin or hair of your pets may trigger asthma or irritations. It can also affect the materials of your upholstered furniture and carpets.
The Solution: Vacuum your space regularly. For those who have pets at home, opt for pet-friendly furnishings to make it easier to wash and remove stains.
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