*Keeping Pollutants and Contaminants Away from the Home

October 31, 2010

Pollutants and contaminants are not confined to the outdoors. They can also be found inside our home.  Though these cannot be eliminated entirely, it is best to follow a regimen to minimize and prevent them from flourishing.  Biological pollutants are hazards to the family’s health.  These can cause diseases or trigger allergic reactions.  Biological contaminants are dust, mites, pollens, molds, mildew, bacteria, and viruses.  Pet saliva, fur, and rat urine are, likewise, a danger to the health of the family.

The best way to lower the risk from these contaminants is diligent cleaning and maintenance in critical areas of the home.  Growth of these pollutants are normally seen in the ventilation systems and areas with lots of water and moisture.  Follow these tips to minimize the growth of these health hazards.

1.  Keep humidity levels in the home between 30 to 50 percent.  If necessary, operate a dehumidifier to control humidity levels in the basement or other areas of the house.

2.  Install exhaust fans in consistently damp rooms or ones prone to temperature changes such as the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.  This will minimize moisture leading to the breeding grounds of mold, mildew, and other pollutants.

4. Always keep appliances such as air conditioners, humidifiers, and fans clean.  Do not allow standing water in cool mist fans.  Ensure the water is always drained and replenished.

5.  Carpets should be vacuumed and cleaned regularly.  These should also be shampooed at least once a year.

6.  Mattresses and pillows of those with allergies should be allergen-proof.  Nevertheless, these should still be regularly cleaned with hot water or steamed.  Dust mites and pollen are the biggest enemies against allergy.

7.  Water-damaged carpets should be cleaned immediately if not replaced.  Keeping them in the house while damp can cause bacteria and mold to grow.

8.  If there are pets in the house, vacuum regularly and keep them free from fleas and ticks.  Pet fur can trigger allergic reactions while fleas can give them diseases with the possibility of being passed on to members of the family.

The bottomline is: we have to keep the clean to keep the family healthy.  The important thing to keeping the family healthy is to be aware of the risks and hazards even our own home can pose.

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