Is your air supply affecting your health?
According to the World Health Organization, poor indoor air quality from the release of harmful fumes is linked to almost 3 percent of the world’s disease. Environmental factors have been identified as being responsible for up to 80 percent of cancers. The more exposed you are to carcinogenic chemicals, the greater your risk goes up.
What’s a homeowner to do?
Step One: Eliminate toxic fumes from your home
The more conscious you are of what is impacting your health, the more opportunity you’ll have to select other products. Just by replacing the most toxic chemicals in your home with safer alternatives, you can rid yourself of symptoms like fatigue, headaches, allergies, and flu-like symptoms. All of which can lead to serious long-term diseases like cancer.
Start with these:
Household cleaning supplies - you use them every day, and they can impact your health from the moment you touch the bottle. Some of the most popular solutions on the market release toxins and can cause respiratory distress. Instead, make your own products. Common items like lemon juice, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda are the perfect way to make your home a cleaner place to live and breathe.
Air fresheners - these products often have an array of toxic chemicals, many of which are not disclosed on the labels. Most release things like formaldehyde or phthalates. Regular use of aerosols is linked to up to a 50 percent increased risk of developing asthma. Instead, use things that absorb odors instead of masking them Vinegar can remove odors when you spray-on and wipe-off. Or leave it in a bowl. You can also use 100 percent pure essential oils in a light bulb or diffuser.
Candles - Paraffin and soot can create dangerous carcinogens that can increase danger levels in your home tenfold. If you like the ambiance of candles, ensure they are natural beeswax. They’ll last longer and can actually help purify indoor air.
Step Two: Improve your ventilation system
While making conscious choices about the things you use inside your home is a great first step in keeping your family healthy, you should also ensure your HVAC system is in proper working order too. Improved air filters can help further this cause. Ensuring your ventilation system is working at its optimal level will also guarantee better air.
If you haven’t had a professional technician evaluate your HVAC system, now is the time. Give your family the gift of better health, cleaner air, and a better operating system in the process.
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