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.
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 beautiful和quiet.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.
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。