Allergy sufferers know that a poorly maintained household can be a source of unpleasantness and often a lack of quality sleep. One reason for sleep issues has to do with contaminants in the indoor environment quickly degrade air quality causing health problems. While some causes of air pollution are apparent, others are less obvious. For those suffering without a clear cause, here are some hidden sources of air problems.
Using a Cheap Vacuum
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Saving a few bucks by picking up a cheap thrift vacuum or a discount model from a department store is a compelling short-term solution, but it isn’t always the best move for allergy sufferers. When you operate a vacuum, some quantity of the matter being pulled up off the floor ends up floating in the air around you. This amount is larger when you have a lower-quality appliance, so investing in a newer model is a good step to reduce that. At the same time, a more expensive and newer vacuum might have nicer and more convenient features as well.
Not Maintaining Your HVAC
Your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (or HVAC) system is what keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This is extremely important to keeping your home
habitable in extreme weather. Unfortunately, it also provides a breeding ground for allergy hazards like dust and animal dander. You’ll want to regularly dust, clean your vents, and change your filters to maintain good air quality. Moreover, you’ll need to bring in a technician to maintain the system whenever necessary.
Failing to Clean Your Kitchen
The kitchen is not only the place where you store and prepare your food, but also a potential source of serious environmental contamination. When foods go bad, they often start growing mold on them; these molds then start emitting spores as they reproduce, which get in your lungs. Beyond the immediate breathing in of spores, they will also get into the ventilation system where moisture helps them grow larger colonies and spread through the house. To head this off, make sure to regularly clean your kitchen thoroughly, getting behind the appliances and cleaning all the bits and crumbs out.
Buying the Wrong Cleaning Supplies
Household cleaning chemicals are not all made equal. Some of them are cheaper than others, and sometimes this means cutting corners as far as the potential allergic content of those cleaners. If you are susceptible to chemical irritations, then these discount cleaners will do you more harm than good. You can avoid this by looking at the labels of the supplies you buy, and picking up more environmentally friendly and less harmful chemicals. This may cost a bit more money, but the health effects are worth it. Note that some strong cleaning chemicals may not be available in friendly forms and should just be used in moderation.
While allergies might not seem like a huge deal to those who do not suffer from them, the truth is that they can cause serious discomfort. Controlling your household allergy environment is an important step to making your life healthier, safer and a better environment for quality sleep.
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