When someone says “clean air,” what do you think of? You might think of the environment and efforts to be green. But the air you breathe day and night in your home also affects your health. National Clean Air Month is almost over, so let’s see how we can make the air in your apartment more healthy for you!

The good news is that cleaning the air in your apartment is much simpler than reducing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. By throwing out bad cleaning chemicals, fighting dust mites, and cutting out smoking, you can keep irritants out of your lungs and live a healthier life.

Reduce Harsh Chemicals

It’s hard to find a balance: There’s pet dander, junk, and dust to clean in your apartment, but cleaning products can often contain lung irritants. Try to use chemicals sparingly, and where you can, start using vinegar and regular soap with water. Also, try to reduce how much glue, paint, hair spray, perfume, and air freshener sprays you use.  

Keep Dust Mites Away

If your bedroom is making you sneeze, dust mites may be to blame! Dust mites burrow down into your mattresses and bedding. To prevent this from wreaking havoc on your air quality, use mattress covers and bug-proof pillowcases. And next time you buy a pillow, pick the kind that is made out of foam rubber rather than feathers or goose-down. It’s also a good idea to wash your linens in water above 130°F once a week to keep those pesky dust mites away.

Stay Away from Smokers

Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths in the US each year. That number includes over 41,000 deaths from inhaling secondhand smoke. To prevent lung damage for you and your family, make it clear to visitors that your apartment is a smoke-free zone. Here at the Evergreens, we maintain a smoke-free community to protect the health of our residents and help them breathe easily while they are at home. 

Clean air is important wherever we are! So do what you can to improve the quality of the air inside your apartment. Reevaluate your cleaning supplies, fight dust mites, and eliminate tobacco smoke to make your home a happier and healthier place to be.