Living with allergies is often a lifelong challenge. Yet too often we focus on addressing the symptoms of our allergy problems without considering conditions in our homes that are making us have a reaction.
- Your indoor air should be healthier than the air outside.
- Most of us spend at least one third of our lives in our bedrooms, so it pays to think about how to keep your bedroom air healthy.
- Are your bedrooms cluttered? This is one of the most important aspects of a healthy home. A clean bedroom, free of clutter, is easy to keep clean and dust free. A restful eight hours of sleep in a clean bedroom will give your lungs, immune system, and entire respiratory tract time to build up resistance and recover from allergens and environmental stressors. Keep your bedroom clean and simple.
- Are some rooms damp or musty? Dampness can lead to rampant mold growth and indoor air problems.
- Some houseplants have been known to improve indoor air quality. But be careful with your plant choices – some plants grown in moist soils that can become a breeding ground for indoor mold growth and large, leafy plants tend to get quite dusty.
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- Be careful to maintain your fish tanks! We have tested homes and found that poorly maintained fish tanks are an indoor reservoir of mold growth.