*This blog was written by our friend and colleague Laura Grace.Check out her website and blog here: www.lauragracehomes.com. Make sure to contact her if you are looking to buy or sell in the Nashville area.
Clean Air, Don't Care
These days we are hopefully paying more attention to our health, nutrition, and social distancing, but have you considered the air quality in your home? While we are spending most of our time in our homes, it’s important we know what pollutes the home and how we can take steps to better the air quality we are living in now. “A small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) leads to a large increase in COVID-19 death rate.” - As concluded in a recent Harvard University study on the long-term effects of air pollution exposure and COVID-19. *See sourced link at the bottom of this article.
Although we are doing our part by staying safe at home, our homes were never intended to be lived in 100% of the time. Bad air quality can trigger headaches, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, tightness in the chest, coughing, bronchitis or even asthma. Pollutants can come from a variety of things such as: pet dander, mold, gas-fired appliances, dust mites, ovens, ranges over the stove, fireplaces, and space heaters.
The good news is pollutants are easy to control and remove! Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to start improving the air quality in your home today:
- The first and easiest step you can do is to remove your shoes when entering your home. By removing your shoes, you are not tracking dirt and pollutants throughout the rest of the house.
- Increasing ventilation is another great step to improving air quality , but it takes more than just opening the windows. Dust mites love when it’s humid, so reduce humidity but leave the air conditioning running and slightly cracking windows or doors. If you want to take it a step further, consider installing high efficiency particle air filters. If you have a range, or are cooking with a gas stove, leave the hood fan on or crack a window.
- Regular cleaning helps to keep dust and allergens low. Remember when vacuuming to move large pieces of furniture, vacuum under rugs or mats, and even drapery and upholstery. When dusting, use a damp (not dry) cloth, and even wipe down lightbulbs, fan blades, and baseboards. The type of cleaning supplies you use can unfortunately sometimes do more harm than good. Try to stay as natural as possible when purchasing household sprays, and consider beeswax candles as they produce ions that help to neutralize air pollutants.
Interested in an easy homemade all purpose essential oil cleanser recipe? Give the below a try!
1 & 3/4 cup water + 1/4 cup white vinegar + 30 drops of either peppermint, lemon, or orange essential oil
Combine all ingredients in spray bottle (glass preferred)
Wishing everyone health & happiness!
Until next time,
- Laura Grace