Follow these some Home improvement steps to help you breathe more comfortably in your home.
DO NOT SMOKE INSIDE THE ACCOMMODATION
Cigarette smoke is the most important source of pollution in homes. Smokers should never smoke inside the house or even at the window.
Idea: If I smoke inside when no one is around, it doesn’t matter. WRONG!!! Pollutants from cigarette smoke remain indoors and permanently pollute the home. Be careful; it’s worse in the car!
Did you know? We know that pregnant women must stop smoking, but we know less than smoking near a pregnant woman can promote disease onset in the unborn child.
AERATE, AERATE and AERATE
We do not suspect it, but the homes are more polluted than the outside environment.
– To reduce pollution in your home, it is essential to ventilate at least 30 minutes in the morning and evening to renew the air in it.
– Attention, in certain situations, it is necessary to adapt the way of ventilating. If pollution comes from outside, traffic jams, smokers, etc., I close the windows.
– Regularly clean the ventilation grids. The ventilation grilles in the bathroom, the toilet, and the kitchen allow to evacuate the humidity produced by the activities such as the showers, the kitchen, and the linen’s drying. It would help if you never blocked a ventilation grid. Otherwise, moisture will accumulate inside the home.
Did you know? : A family of 3 to 4 people releases around 32 liters of water per day into the air. Moisture comes from within.
– Controlled mechanical ventilation allows permanent and necessary ventilation of housing. It is not advisable to turn it off.
ATTENTION TO HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS
It is essential to pay attention to the use of cleaning products and to respect the required services. Maintenance products with an eco-label are less polluting for homes.
Idea: The more product I put in, the cleaner it is. WRONG!!! The products must be used following the instructions for use written on the container. An overdose of the product can be harmful to health.
Did you know? : Perfumes added to household products are chemical molecules that are generally irritating to the respiratory tract.
Idea: It smells good; it’s clean. WRONG!!! The clean has no smell; it is a personal interpretation.
Take care when storing cleaning products. Put them as far as possible in a closed cupboard and be very careful when opening it because even closed products release chemical molecules (Volatile Organic Compounds).
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR BED
Did you realize: We spend more than a third of the day in our bed. You might as well rest there!
Did you know? : Dust mites and molds are a significant source of allergens in the bed. They need humidity and heat to develop.
– Ventilate the mattress as much as possible to prevent it from remaining damp and encouraging the proliferation of dust mites and molds.
– Turn the mattress twice a year.
– Vacuum the mattress once a month to prevent dust build-up.
– To minimize exposure to dust mites, it is advisable to take a slatted base.
Did you know? : To get rid of dust mites, clean the laundry at 60 ° C.
Did you know? : Dust mites grow very well in children’s soft toys. DO NOT PANIC!!! A night in the freezer and the machine at 30 ° will guarantee that they will remain your kids’ best friends for a long time.
Avoid entry of animals into the room; they are carriers of many allergens.
Fighting against the accumulation of pollutants and allergens in the bed guarantees a quality bed, and the pledge of good sleep.
FIGHTING MOLD PROLIFERATION
Did you know? : Molds need moisture to grow.
– It is imperative to find and treat the source of humidity in the house to stop mold growth before even treating it.
Idea: repainting a moldy surface eliminates the problem. WRONG!!! Painting does not remove mold; it usually reappears in the same places a few months later.
WARNING!!! When treating mold, it is necessary to follow safety instructions to protect your health (mask, glasses, and gloves) and avoid the deposit of mold elsewhere (isolate the treated areas from the rest of the accommodation).
BE CAREFUL OF INSECTICIDES AND PHYTOSANITARY PRODUCTS
Be careful in the use of bombs (spray) and other insect control products. These are products that can cause respiratory discomfort. In case of use, respect the dosage and dilution before use. It is often recommended to ventilate for several minutes and to leave treated rooms. Preferably, reject the use of these products to people without asthma.