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Maintaining Your Indoor Air Quality During Lockdown

While we all may be confined to staying indoors right now, there are a ton of things around the house that can keep us busy. Yes, you may be tired of binge-watching HGTV and over your top-chef cooking phase, but there are a ton of other home projects and activities that you can dive into—some may even prove beneficial to your overall health.

So today, I am going to help you take your love for HGTV and turn that energy towards making improvements in your own home! But where to start?

Well, as the Sound of Music so eloquently put it—let’s start at the very beginning. Let’s start with improving your indoor air quality, as this DIY project doesn’t require any tools or equipment. Here’s how you can improve your indoor air quality when it matters most:

Eliminate Chemically-Based Cleaning Products From your Home

With the current state of the world, cleaning has become the new all-American pastime. However, with an increase in cleaning tendencies comes the growing need for a better understanding of what is actually within these household disinfecting agents.

Most cleaning solutions, found lining the shelves of your local supermarket, contain volatile organic compounds and other toxic chemicals. Volatile organic compounds are carcinogenic, meaning they can cause a range of health implications from respiratory illness to cancer, in cases of serve exposure. The toxicity of these solutions only gets worse with added scents and odor covering fragrances.

Make sure you dispose of your current cleaners if they are not labeled “chemical-free”, and in future purchasing endeavors, grab items that are all-natural and clearly state all of the contents and ingredients.

Replace Your Aerosol Air Freshener With Essential Oils

If you are an avid air freshener user, it’s time to make the switch from aerosol air fresheners to essential oils. Aerosol air fresheners actually do more harm than good. Even though they successfully cover lingering odors, they are doing so at your indoor air quality’s expense.

As air fresheners are artificially scented, they contain a mixture of toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds. Restore your indoor air quality by leaving your odor coverage to essential oils! Simply purchase an automatic diffuser, natural essential oils in your preferred fragrance, and you’ll be able to keep your air quality intact while eliminating unwanted odors.

Be Cautious of Scented Candles

Most store-bought candles are made from paraffin wax. This wax, when burned, releases highly toxic benzene and toluene into your air. These chemicals are both carcinogenic and are compared to the toxins diesel fuel fumes emit.

When deciding on your next bed-side candle to purchase, look for products exclusively labeled paraben-free! This will ensure these candles are safe to burn in your home without the worry of compromised air quality.

For more information on maintaining indoor air quality, contact Winters Home Services at (617) 977-3101. We can further assist you in installing air purification systems and other HVAC measures to ensure your home is healthy. We have implemented CDC protocols to ensure our service is safe for both our clients and our technicians. Don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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