Healthy Homes

Tips for keeping a healthy home, reducing air contaminants

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 09:30

In an Applied Research Associates report, the organization outlined several key ideas that citizens could use to keep their home clean, as the findings demonstrated ways that individuals may decrease the amount of indoor pollution in their residences.

A few simple solutions could help families that have children with asthma or other breathing-related deficiencies to reduce the contaminants that are in the air. Reducing these toxins could lead to a healthier lifestyle, the organization noted.

Paint that has limited amounts of volatile organic compounds could reduce the amount of toxins that are present, along with using house plants as a way to keep air circulation at a high level.

The organization also noted that although many of the contaminants exist outside, their presence in the home can be reduced by using an air filtration system or limiting the time that pets are allowed to stay in large rooms of the home.

A radiant heating system could also work to limit the amount of toxins and contaminants that are present in the air, as this technology eliminates the need for radiators, heating ducts and air vents that older systems use.