7 ways to improve the air quality in your home

Breathe better and make your home healthier by checking the following and taking a few simple steps:

The front door

Use a sturdy doormat to remove dirt from under the shoes before it enters. Place the carpet vertically, instead of horizontally, so that anyone who goes in there will take several steps.

Lead paint

Gradually, ingestion or inhalation of dust and splinters of lead paint can cause brain damage. If you think the paint in your home contains lead, have it tested. If this is the case, do not remove it yourself, but hire a specialist.

Household cleaners, pesticides, paints and solvents To avoid potentially harmful chemicals, choose detergent-based biodegradable products that do not have the label labeled “danger,” “caution,” or “flammable.”

Hermetically sealed windows

Keep some windows ajar all year round to let fumes from powerful cleaning products and chemically laden furniture escape, reduce moisture that promotes mold and reduce the level of hazardous gases. If you have allergies, consider buying a HEPA air purifier (high efficiency). Against tobacco smoke, consider getting an air purifier with activated charcoal filter.

Forest products, such as plywood and particle board Building materials, shelves, furniture, paneling, cabinets and other products made from these woods are assembled with urea formaldehyde glues and adhesives that are considered to be potentially carcinogenic. Formaldehyde irritates the respiratory tract and may cause or aggravate allergic reactions. Opt for furniture and cabinets made of hardwood or metal.

Wood stoves and fireplaces

In addition to producing flue gases and toxic and irritating by-products, wood stoves and chimneys can send dangerous particles into the air if you burn anything other than hardwood. Burning wet wood can release irritating spores.

Air conditioners

Air conditioners, both central and window, can house mold, especially when not in use. Drain the water and change the filters regularly.