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9 Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality at the Holidays

Posted on December 06, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

The air is brisk and smells of pine and cinnamon. Cider is on the stove, cookies in the oven and guests are on their way.

Or, even better, you are making your plans to visit family and friends!

How can you improve the indoor air in your home for your guests and avoid allergic reactions and asthma attacks that could ruin your holiday fun? Here are some tips to help make sure everyone’s holiday is merry and bright!

Improve the Indoor Air in Your Home

• A live Christmas tree will takes carbon dioxide out of the air in your home and has been doing so all its life.

• Bring in some houseplants that improve the indoor air: English Ivy, Gerbera Daisies, Chrysanthemums and others. Add to your seasonal decorations with some live greenery!

• Dust your guest room thoroughly and wash linens in hot water to kill dust mites.

• Offer to keep pets isolated while allergic guests are present so they don’t have to ask. Reactions to pet dander can ruin an otherwise happy occasion.

• If you’re lighting that Yule log, make sure there is fresh air coming into your home—the fireplace can take a lot of oxygen out of the air in a well-sealed residence and manufactured fire logs can pollute your air more than firewood.

Avoid Allergic Reactions While Traveling

• If you are allergic to fancy, scented soaps, bring your own soap when you travel.

• Go ahead and ask if your hosts can keep their pets in an isolated area if they don’t offer. It might be awkward, but it could also save your holiday.

• Bring your own pillow or allergen-proof pillow cover if you’re sleeping over.

• If you have serious food allergies, offer to bring a dessert or side dish that you can eat to add to the feast.

The holidays are the perfect time to get together with friends and family we don’t usually get to see. Make a resolution before the New Year to improve the air in your home and everyone will have a wonderful time—including you!

For more information about indoor air quality, air duct cleaning, kitchen vent cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and other commercial and residential indoor air challenges, please contact AirTek!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and Alliance Environmental Group. She welcomes your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on Asbestos, Bed Bugs, Mold, Lead and other environmental issues, Like us at Alliance Environmental Group on Facebook!

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