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The quality of the air inside your home isn’t something that most people consider, instead focusing on preventing outdoor allergens from getting in. Modern homes are more air tight and can trap allergens in your home. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead, formaldehyde, fire-retardants, even some chemicals from fragrances used in conventional laundry deter- gents and cleaners. Some pollutants are brought in from the out- side by you and your family. Some arrive along with a new addi- tion to your home, like a new mattress or couch, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint. So how do you eliminate these pollutants?

  • Install an ultraviolet purification system. The UV light kills the airborne irritants and the filter keeps them from entering the air in your home. This system cleans the air in every part of your home through your heating and air conditioning system.
  • Improve your home’s ventilation. If possible, open windows on cooler days to prevent the buildup of toxins and keep air moving with fans.
  • Go green with your cleaning products. Buy laundry and clean- ing products that are mild and fragrance-free or naturally scented.
  • Eliminate all aerosol sprays in your home, including products such as hair spray, furniture polish, air freshener and deodorant.
  • Use large doormats at every door to prevent outside aller- gens from being tracked into your home.
  • Accent your home with something green like a fern, spider plant, or aloe vera. Indoor plants like these can help to purify the air in your home by absorbing chemicals in the air. And they look pretty too!