Making your home healthier is beneficial to the well-being of everyone in it – humans as well as pets and plants. Toxins and toxic chemicals are hard to avoid, but there are things one can do to be proactive in limiting exposure to toxins.
Many of the toxins in the home come from products we use to make our lives better. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) are present in many household products – from scents and odors to aerosol sprays. Benzene (found in tobacco smoke), acetone (nail polish remover) and formaldehyde (paints) may contain some levels of VOC’s. Some of these products may be odorless, so it’s important to read labels before purchasing. Reducing exposure to items that high a high content of VOC’s is the best safeguard in improving air quality and limiting toxins. It is wise to purchase items that do not contain VOC’s, or, at the very least, not stockpiling on them – purchase only what’s needed.
Many people spend a lot of time indoors and long term exposure to VOC’s, mold and other toxins can contribute to long and short term illnesses. Good ventilation is recommended to minimize the ill-effects. Keeping filters clean on heating, cooling and ventilation systems is one way to keep the air quality at an optimum level.
Using a professional cleaning service – such as Rivers Edge Carpet and Duct Cleaning – can improve the air quality in your home. Removing residue from carpets, furnishings and ducts is one effective way to optimize air quality.
There’s not much that individuals can do to improve outdoor air quality (other than advocate for environmental causes), but when it comes to indoor air quality, the ball is in our court. Take matters in your own hand to minimize the effect of toxins on the air you breathe in your house.