Anyone who has ever suffered an asthma attack knows how scary it can be, especially for children. Sadly, more than 1.2 million children – nearly 9 percent of all kids in the U.S. – suffer from asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, asthma attacks send about 24,000 children, younger than 15, to emergency rooms, the CDC reports.
One of the best things you can do to help your child, or anyone in your home who has asthma, is to ensure that indoor air is as clean as it can be. Check out our first blog, which centers on things you can do to improve the air from your Air Conditioner.
But improving air quality can be tackled on many fronts in addition to making sure the air from your HVAC system is as clean as possible. Here are suggestions:
- Make sure appliances, or any equipment that creates combustion and exhaust, are vented directly to outside your home. This includes fireplaces, heaters, stoves, range tops, furnaces and even bathroom and laundry rooms. Something to check in your own home. Very often the fans above ranges only recirculate instead of venting to the outside. Also make sure vent fans are always working well and vent to the outside.
- When you vacuum, turn on your home’s HVAC system. Vacuuming stirs particles into the air, and your running HVAC system can catch those particles and filter them from the air.
- Air cleaners can support your HVAC system in removing irritants from the air. Like single-room humidifiers, however, portable air cleaners have limited effect. Consider incorporating a whole-home air cleaner that operates as part of your existing HVAC system.
- Cultivate indoor plants that are known to add oxygen, and even may remove toxins, from the air. Some of these ‘air scrubbing’ flora include Aloe, Boston Ferns and English Ivy. There are also varieties of flowers that can help, including Gerbera Daisies, Mums, and Peace Lilies. Even if these plants don’t dramatically improve indoor air quality, they will certainly bring beauty and vitality to your home.