Finding Sources of Home and Office Pollution
Many people think their home and offices are much cleaner than the outdoors, but this couldnít be further than the truth. Experts suggest that the air in your home can be five times more polluted than the air outdoors. Regardless of how much you clean, or if you hire a professional cleaning services, you have to be diligent about keeping the air in your home clean. Pollutants can travel into your home without you ever knowing it.
When people think about pollutants, they often think about smoke from tobacco use, the dirt underneath their shoes and car exhaust from their idling car. But pollutants don't stop there; There are many other pollutants inside your home and office that you are exposed to daily.
The last thing you would expect to be spitting out harmful pollutants is your printer. In many homes and business offices, a printer is a necessity. Every time you print something, you are putting harmful contaminants into the air. Fortunately, there is a way to reduce much of the pollutants it emits. When you print something, print it in black and white if possible. Printing colored sheets will emit more harmful contaminants. You also want to set your printer up in a well-ventilated space. This way the pollutants do not go directly into the air you are breathing. When you do print something, it is important that you stand at least 10 feet away from the printer. At a distance, you ensure that you donít breathe in the harmful particles.
For most people, dusting is not on top of their priority list, but it should be. Dust in your home is made up of thousands of dead skin cells. Mites and other pests feed on this dust, making it attractive for pests to come inside the home. Additionally, it can be a great place for mold to accumulate. Mold can get into your lungs and cause respiratory problems. To keep dust at bay, you want to vacuum the home routinely. You also should wipe all surfaces with a damp cloth. Adding water to the cloth will help pick up the dust better. Make sure you wash your linens regularly, as well, to help get rid of dust mites.
Who doesnít love to smell the sweet aroma from their favorite candle? Unfortunately many candles can put off harmful pollutants in the home, and it can affect your breathing. Candles made from paraffin can be extremely harmful when burned. The chemicals emitted from the heated paraffin can lead to leukemia, neurological issues and even liver damage. No candle is worth the damage it can cause. Instead, try using soy candles that do not emit these harmful chemicals. There are also electric votive candles that give the same ambiance as regular candles but are much healthier.
There are many types of pollutants circulating in your home. It is impossible to keep them all out, but by doing routine tasks such as wiping the furniture, changing your air filters or hiring a home or commercial cleaning service, you can reduce the contaminants in your home.
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