UltimateAir aims to promote health, specifically clean indoor air inside your home. As part of an ongoing "Indoor Air Quality Home Audit" series, we will travel to every room in the home to share best practice and tips to ensure your family is breathing fresh air.
The bedroom is an obvious place to begin auditing the indoor air quality and health of your home. In many ways, it is the most important room in the home. Sleep, as the National Sleep Foundation and many others have demonstrated, is critical to our wellbeing.
One audit area though, your air conditioners and humidifiers, are meant to make sleeping more comfortable but can actually do more harm than good. If they are not properly maintained, both can breed bacteria and mold. The air conditioner or humidifier then circulates these dangerous micro-organisms around the room, negatively affecting your indoor air quality.
Other critical areas to inspect where dust loves to gather is in our beds and on our pillows, carpets, drapes, clothing and books. Because we spend so much time in our bedrooms, we can be exposed to dangerous amounts of dust and, of particular concern, dust mites, which have been shown to cause asthma.
Of course, we cannot throw out all of our furniture and clothes and sleep on our bare floors… but there are simple steps that can be taken to create a healthier environment.
Five steps to Improving Air Quality in Your Bedroom:
1. Clean the furniture with a damp cloth on a weekly basis. Although tedious to some, this will help ensure you are eliminating dust before it accumulates.
2. Reduce clutter. This cuts down on the places dust and mites can hide and accumulate.
3. Use a mite-proof mattress and pillow encasement. This will quickly reduce the amount of dust breathed in.
4. Ensure proper ventilation and air filtration.
5. Identify where mice, insects and moths are entering your home and sealing the leak (mothballs, as noted by The National Pesticide Information Center, consist entirely of naphthalene, a toxin. They should not be considered as the best method of prevention.)
By using the steps highlighted above, you can keep a healthy environment in your bedroom, and ensure you and your family sleeps well at night.