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健康家庭黑客:你忽略瞿室内空气ality?

indoor air

健康家居黑客是一系列的,我告诉你如何建立一个健康的空间,为您的家庭,使用高和低技术的解决方案!

Okay, a lot of the information out there on indoor air pollution can be a little fear-mongering (or applies to extreme situations, like buildings contaminated with lead or asbestos).


Still, you and your family might benefit from a little air clean up, since it is true that “indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outdoors,”根据the American Lung Association.

Things like VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from paint and furniture and allergens like dust and pet dander are pretty common, and banishing them from your living space is a good idea.This is especially true if anyone in the family has哮喘or serious allergies.

Ready to breathe better?Here are a few simple hacks for healthier air.

indoor air: Molekule

Invest in an Air purifier

Whilemost won’t be able to grab germs, air purifiers like HEPA filters can deal with dust, pollen, and pet dander.And学习have shown they’re associated with easier breathing in people who suffer from asthma.

戴森的纯酷净化器和风扇removes 99.97% of pollutants and allergens with it’s glass HEPA filter (which doesn’t let mold and bacteria grown on it (like a paper one can), and because it has a fan, it’s moving the air around the room (and not just cleaning the air around it).

I also recently checked out this拉斯科空气净化器at the家庭用品展和 loved its design as well as it’s ability to “wash” the air of smoke, odors, dust, allergens, fumes, VOCs and more.Plus a remote control comes in handy if you want to adjust things from across the room (the Dyson model above has one too).

I have also spent some time测试the the Molekule (above)— an air purifier that goes an extra mile to zap pollutants with UV light.I loved that it was beautifulquiet.While it’s more expensive than a typical HEPA, the company says its own research shows it effectively captures smaller pollutants that most filters miss, like bacteria, viruses, black mold, and those VOCs.

看看这个自清洗水壶,Betway Sports ,也使用UV光来净化你的水。

Pro tip: Some HVAC systems offer built-in HEPA filter technology so the air in your entire house will be consistently purified— look into whether yours does, and make sure you keep replacing/cleaning those filters!

Maintain your humidifier

Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers (depending on where you live!) are more about moderating the moisture in the air than they are about cleaning it.But if you keep one running and don’t maintain it, it can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which it will then spew back into your air (#gross).Some high-quality models like戴森will keep the water clean their own (again, using UV technology), but if you’re not sure about yours, check the manufacturer’s instructions on the regular maintenance required.

At the Housewares Show a few weeks ago, I saw a new humidifier I’m excited about, the栖息地(available for pre-order now).它的 app operated (works withAlexa的too), and linkable to other units, so you can have multiples running in different bedrooms so the whole family can experience optimal air quality at once.Plus it has “intelligent” features, like turning off when it senses you’re not in the room, or when the room reaches your desired humidity.It also monitors the water freshness, because you don’t want to spray moldy water into your home, right?Right.

Choose Low or No-VOC Paints

You won’t need tech for this one, but it’s important.VOCs include a long list of chemicals, and they’re有关联real health issues, from short-term headaches and nausea to damage to the liver and central nervous system.Paint is a major source of VOCs, but there are now tons of低VOC和无VOC的选择at the store.Make choosing one a priority next time you give your space a refresh.

Check for Lead

Lead is a highly toxic metal that can cause lots of health and neurological problems.It used to be used in paint to make paint more durable, but of course we now know how bad an idea that was.Lead paint isn’t a risk to your health when it’s on the wall— but becomes dangerous when it chips off, ingested, or when it’s inhaled as dust.Kids under six are especially vulnerable because lead is easily absorbed into their growing bodies and can wreak havoc on their development, brains organs and all.如果您的家是1978年以前建造,或者是靠近高速公路或繁忙的道路,其中长期接触含铅汽油尾气是一个问题,你一定要来测试您的油漆。

环保局提供的目录铅测试人才在您的区域,如果你想拥有你家的油漆测试,但更实惠的一步可能得到DIY拖把测试。使用测试的好地方是在任何地方孩子们花了大量的时间,像游戏室或卧室,或任何表面,孩子们可以咀嚼或磨损,如楼梯栏杆,踢脚板,扶手和门廊。

室内空气:植物

培养你的绿拇指

植物可能只是最惊人的家庭的配件都可以买到。他们作为美丽的装饰,并有显著研究显示他们实际上可以让你更快乐。还有还有证据(来自美国宇航局!),他们是在去除空气中的污染物确实不错。它的目前还不清楚究竟的效果,他们将在您的家庭基于像的空间量和空气是如何经常进出循环的因素,但严重的是,为什么不呢?

你的植物甚至可以完成双重任务与这些很酷的高科技解决方案不断增长的药材和蔬菜:他们就会被擦洗你的空气,为您在同一时间吃饭生产草药。(谢谢你们。)

你在家里清理你的气?做了它对你的哮喘或过敏有区别吗?让我知道在评论。

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