Indoor air is an important health concern, as most Canadians spend up to 90 per cent of their time indoors. Poor indoor air quality can play a significant role in triggering certain conditions, like asthma. Here are tips on reducing some of the more common indoor triggers:
Dust and dust mites:
- Remove or reduce dust-collecting items such as carpeting, drapes, stuffed toys and old pillows.
- Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
- Encase pillows and mattresses in covers that are dust mite-proof.
- Keep humidity level below 50 per cent.
- Vacuum regularly using a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or central vacuum.
- If the humidity level is greater than 50 per cent, use a dehumidifier.
- Limit the number of plants in your home.
- Fix leaks and moisture problems as quickly as possible.
- Remove clutter and allow air to flow throughout your home, especially in the basement.
- For small amounts of mould, use warm soapy water to clean it up. For larger amounts, hire mould abatement experts.
- Check that your eavestroughs and drain spouts are clear of any buildup.
- Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation so that rainwater drains away — water should flow easily away from the house.
- Throw away musty items.
- Many household cleaning products contain chemicals that irritate the lungs, so buy air-friendly versions or make your own.
- When using cleaning products, air out the home by opening windows and using vent fans.
- * Do not allow smoking in your home or car at any time.
- * If you smoke, take it outside every time; when you’re ready to quit, you can seek help from the Lung Association
Find more information online at lungontario.ca.