You're probably spending more time than ever indoors—and although it's the safest place right now, the air in your home may not be as clean as you want it to be. The indoor air in the average American home contains pollutants that are up to 5 times higher than typical outdoor air. As air pollutants are hard to escape—especially right now—when you're a family who spends most of their time indoors, it is important for parents to do everything they can to reduce indoor air pollution. Thankfully, there are a number of effective measures you can take to reduce air pollution in your home and keep your baby happy and healthy.
One of the easiest ways to improve the quality of the air in your home is to install an air purifier. Regardless of whether you choose to invest in a built-in system or one that is portable, ensure that the model you settle on boasts HEPA filters. HEPA technology is known to be the most efficient when it comes to filtering out even the smallest particles including those originating from chemicals, pet dander, dust, mold, and mildew. Even if you install a purifier it is still important to identify and eliminate the source of the pollution. Start by checking for any dampness in your home where black mold might be growing and eradicate it as soon as possible. In order to reduce the amount of animal dander in the air, make sure to groom your pets on a regular basis.
A lot of common household cleaning and personal care products contain harmful chemicals that can contribute significantly to indoor air pollution. Using fragrance-free baby products is not only better for your baby's skin but also for the air in your home. It is also important to steer clear, as far as possible, from any aerosol sprays such as hairspray, deodorant, furniture polish, and air freshener that may contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Even your typical cleaning products are more often than not filled with many nasties that can contribute to indoor air potential that can be harmful to your family. Read the labels, and where possible, use eco-friendly products or consider making your own cleaning products using harmless ingredients.
Adequate ventilation is of vital importance for good air quality. Even if you have an air purifier in place it is still a good idea to open your windows and doors for at least 10 minutes a day to allow fresh air to circulate through the house. If you live in a city with high levels of air pollution you can either choose to let in fresh air during the early morning or evening or, alternatively, invest in a trickle ventilator. This handy device is designed to allow air from the outside to flow into your home via a filter that will eliminate most of the impurities. Although these vents do not send a gush of fresh air pumping through the house they are convenient to have especially because they can be fitted to an existing window or door frame.
As parents, we need to do everything in our power to ensure our children are safe, happy, and healthy. By making sure our indoor air is as clean as possible, we can reduce the risk of pollution-related conditions considerably.