Yup! We said it! Make sure you can breathe in your bedroom! And you know it’s Valentine’s Day shortly so what on earth are we talking about??
What we’re talking about is Air Quality!
Yes. Air quality in your bedroom is like, well, just plain breathing.
You might not think this is important, but think again. For people with allergies or respiratory problems, the cold air that comes with winter can make things worse for them.
During the winter months, doors and windows tend to stay shut and that can allow the indoor heating system to produce stale air. And it can also increase the amount of pet dander, dust mites and even mold spores in the house and yes – in your bedroom. (Dander and Mites and Spores, Oh My!!!)
And dander and mites and mold spores have some commonalities. None of them have any type of odor so they can lay undetected for quite a while. And because of this, the first thing that might alert you to an issue is an asthma attack, digestive issues, fatigue or even feeling over tired.
And should we even talk about the carpets?? They’re a major source of the potential problem.
How Do You Improve Your Air Quality
Well, there are lots and lots of ways to do that. It’s probably not possible to get rid of everything that causes allergies, asthma and breathing issues, but there are ways that you can certainly help the situation.
Clean Your Room: Do you hear that in your mother’s voice? OK, sorry. But she was right all along. By simply keeping your room clean, you can make a big difference in your home.
Here are a few (well, a bunch) that are pretty easy to apply starting right now!
- Vacuum! Simply vacuum just a few times each week with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.
- Ditch the Carpets! Having a floor with a hard surface like hardwoods, tile, bamboo or stone will cut down on the allergens big time!
- Wash Your Sheets! Yes, strip your beds and wash everything weekly. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says your should wash your sheets with water that is at least 130° F.
- Clean the Curtains! They hold loads of dust. So if you haven’t – since you moved in – like 10 years ago, they’ve been there for 3,600 days collecting dust – and you’re sleeping right next to them.
- Cover More Than Your Mattress! consider using dust mite–proof covers on pillows, as well as mattresses and box springs, whenever possible.
- Open the Windows! Letting in some fresh air can do wonders!
- Change Your Filters! Like clockwork, set a reminder on your calendar to change your air filters. Your thermostat might even have a way to show you when it’s time to change them.
- Grab an Air Purifier! This won’t eliminate but it will lessen the amount of pet dander that’s in your home.
- Keep Plants Outside! Yes. You heard it here. Indoor plants tend to collect mold and that’s not your goal, we’re pretty sure of that.
- Clean Your Duct Work: Lots of dust and allergans can get trapped in there. It’s a good practice to routinely have them cleaned, especially if you have pets.
De-clutter! All of those knick-knacks collect dust. Lots and lots of dust. So just trash it.
So there you have it. Another Valentine’s Day Blog about Your Bedroom. And 11 Ways to Keep on Breathin’ On!
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