Household Items That Cause Air Hazards

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Home design expert Sherry Tyra discusses common household items that leave volatile chemicals in the air.

    Sherry Tyra: Air quality in a home plays a major factor in determining your health and well-being. Indoor air can be three times as polluted as outdoor air, and according to the EPA, poor indoor air is one of the top five hazards to human health. I am going to show you some simple ways to improve the air quality in your home.

    First, changing the furnace filters regularly is the single most important thing you can do to control your air quality. Installing screens on your windows and doors and using fans to move the air is a great way to bring freshness into your home and avoid stagnant stale air indoors too.

    Next, eliminate the need for carpeting in your home. Carpeting is notorious for trapping dust, dirt and allergens, using area rugs over hardwood or tile floors is a smart alternative to wall-to-wall carpeting. Keep your floors clean by removing shoes in the house and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter that catches dust mites and pollen.

    Keep hazards to a minimum by being proactive. Add house plants to produce pure oxygen. Make your home a smoking free zone and be sure to regularly bathe and brush pets to keep dander at bay and never allow them on furniture or the bed.

    Add an air purifier to your most trafficked rooms or in the bedroom for even cleaner air. Mattress pads and pillow protectors are a great choice for allergy sufferers.

    By taking these simple steps, you can easily improve the air quality in your home, making it a safer and more comfortable place for you and your family.