Thomasville Scene April / May 2019 - Page 77

| spring cleaning | Operation clean air: five ways to get rid of indoor air pollution Spring cleaning may make you think of washing windows and laundering curtains, but what about the air inside your home? In some residences, the air indoors can be more polluted than the air outside. And unfortunately, dust and dirt can make respira- tory issues like asthma worse. Here are five strate- gies to help you breathe easier. 1. Keep your floors clean: make sure people take their shoes off at the door and to vacuum with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This way you’ll reduce allergens and harmful chemicals that can get into your home. 2. Don’t let it get too humid: excess humidity attracts mold, dust mites and other allergens. Use a dehumidifier or an air conditioner to keep humidity levels low. 3. Get some houseplants: not only do plants help filter the air in your home, they can also boost your mood. Peace lilies and rubber plants make great air purifiers and are easy to take care of. 4. Have your ducts cleaned: think of air ducts as the lungs of your home; all the air from your heating and cooling systems flow through them. If you can’t remember the last time you had them pro- fessionally cleaned, now’s the time. 5. Change your filters: your air conditioner, furnace, dryer and range hood all have filters that should be changed regularly to keep them working efficiently and the air in your home clean. This spring, breath easier by adding the above five items to your spring cleaning to-do list. Thomasville Scene April - May 2019 77