Six things to improve Air Nutrition at home
We spend a lot of time inside our homes, so make sure you’re breathing healthy air when inside. There are several common sources of indoor air pollution found in Aussie homes including gas use, chemicals, mould, and dust and things that blow in from outside. Here’s six ways to identify them and to improve your ‘Air Nutrition’ at home.
- Clean carpet, curtains and furniture including mattresses. Dust mites are a common irritant and love human skin. Be sure to clean any items that may harbour mites on a regular basis. Ensure your vacuum has HEPA filter or opt for wet vacuums. Try and wash sheets at least weekly and don’t forget to wash pillows.
- When using gas cooktops or heaters, ventilate well. Gas cookers and unflued gas heaters are directly linked to increased levels of air pollution that causes asthma. When cooking, use a rangehood that directs fumes outside the home and/or open windows. Try not to have children in the kitchen while cooking with gas. Ensure your gas heater is flued to the outside.
- Consider switching to healthier home fuel sources. This isn’t an option for everyone, but if it is for you, consider replacing gas cooktops with electric or induction alternatives, and gas or woodfire heaters with efficient reverse cycle air conditioners.
- Opt for cleaning and maintenance products that may be less irritant. Cleaning chemicals with strong odours – like bleach – aren’t always good for the lungs, neither are strong chemicals in paints or glues. Look for low chemical, anti-allergen products as an alternative and/or wear protect PM2.5 face coverings.
- Switch from burning backyard fires and woodfire heaters to healthier options. Woodfire smoke contaminates the air with PM2.5 which is very unhealthy for you and the entire neighbourhood. It’s a main source of air pollution in our cities and towns and has serious impacts on asthma, heart and lung conditions.
- Remove any mould and mildew. Mould and mildew release spores that trigger allergic reactions. If you’re sensitive, ask someone else to clean it away, and keep an eye out on where mould tends to collect in your home.
You may also like to consider plants that help clean indoor air and invest in an air purifier.
To learn about air pollution and what causes it, click here (insert a button) to this page www.asthma.org.au/air-nutrition