With the world on high alert during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the closure of many schools and focus on social distancing has significantly increased the amount of time people spend at home. In an effort to keep kids safe and decrease the spread of the virus, parents with babies and young children may opt to minimize contact with the outside world. Now more than ever it is imperative for families to be aware of their home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
IAQ refers to the air in and around the home and how that air effects the overall health and wellness of the occupants. While it is important to monitor IAQ for the health and safety of everyone in the home, it is particularly necessary for families with babies and young children.
For parents, keeping their children safe is often their number one priority and is likely an automatic response to signs of obvious dangers. IAQ is not always apparent and parents may not realize the effects it can have on their children. For example, parents may warn children to stay away from the mildew growing in the basement, or not to touch the lead paint on the porch. While this may help limit exposure, these toxins and pollutants can also travel through the air, negatively impacting the home’s IAQ without displaying any obvious signs.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your children’s health and improve your home’s IAQ.
- Eliminate the Source
Checking your home for sources of toxic materials, pollutants, and contaminants is the first step in improving your IAQ. Removing or sealing toxic materials such as lead or asbestos can significantly improve IAQ, especially in older homes. Getting your home tested for mold and remediating any exposure will not only improve IAQ but will also prevent the mold from spreading. Pet dander is a common contaminant as well that can spread through the air. This contaminant can be easily minimized through regular pet grooming.
- Keep the House Clean and Open
Cleaning is a daunting task that is not always enjoyable, but it can significantly impact your home’s IAQ. Keeping a home clean, even when you aren’t expecting company, can help eliminate dander, mold, and dust which can collect and negatively impact the IAQ. It’s important to remember that everything the vacuum and mop picks up stays out of your baby’s lungs. Keeping the windows open while you clean is also a great way to let the air circulate inside and improve IAQ.
- Invest in an AeroClear
The AeroClear is a portable unit that can filter air up to four times per hour and can reduce the risk of colds and viruses. The AeroClear is designed with medical-grade HEPA filters and has an optional germicidal UV light. There is no installation with the AeroClear so it can be used instantly and moved to inconspicuous places. With the global effects of COVID-19 and countless other diseases spreading rampant, you shouldn’t have to worry about the air you breathe in the comfort of your own home.