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    Is your house making you sick?

    Is your house making you sick?  That’s a great question and something to seriously consider as we are all spending more time at home during this COVID pandemic.  We’ve been working from home on a weekly basis in close quarters with other family members, pets and with our kids as they’re home from school and staying out of public places.  There are so many factors that contribute to the air quality in a home and it’s important for our health to take care of keeping the air in our homes fresh and clean.
    How do you know if your house is making you sick?
    Common Symptoms:
    1. Respiratory Symptoms – congestion, aggravated asthma or allergies, sinus infections
    2. Cognitive Issues – foggy thinking, sleep disturbance, frequent headaches
    3. Emotional Changes – feeling agitated or depressed
    4. Physical Symptoms – stomach discomfort, muscle aches, fatigue, rashes, sore throat

    Now don’t get us wrong, we aren’t claiming to be the medical experts here but if you’ve been having these symptoms, the culprit could be the poor air quality in your home.  The best thing to do is have a medical professional evaluate your symptoms and get a diagnosis.  While you’re at home, here are some things that can be done to improve air quality and help decrease the severity of respiratory symptoms.

    Here are 9 things you can do right away to improve the air quality in your home:
    1. Change your AC filter. For Alaskans, AC units aren’t too common but in case you have one, you might want to check the cleanliness of your AC filter.
    2. Check the air filter of your home ventilation system, replace the dirty ones and keep clean ones on hand for easy replacement.  They’re inexpensive and can be purchased at your local hardware store.
    3. Check your air ducts.  Vacuum out the dirt and dust inside the ducts regularly after you replace your air filters.  Also, those vents in your floor and on the walls in your home need some attention.  Don’t forget about the exhaust fans in your bathrooms.  Dust them regularly and wipe them down with a sponge & warm soapy water
    4. Check the cooking vents on your stove.
    5. Keep your rugs and carpets clean by investing in a quality vacuum.  Have your carpets steam cleaned to remove any embedded dirt that can’t be cleaned with a regular vacuum.
    6. Consider purchasing an air purifier for your home.  There are so many effective units that can be easily purchased, plugged into an outlet and turned on for optimum air quality.  Some air purifiers use filters like the ones found in heaters and air conditioners to catch contaminants. But many models use advanced filters that can capture even smaller particles like viruses and bacteria. As a result, they can help lower your risk of getting sick. You can have a whole-home air purifier installed in your duct-work, or you can use a portable version to target one room or area at a time.
    7. Control humidity in your home.  Turn on the ceiling fans in your home.  Open a few windows and consider installing a humidity control system in your home ventilation system.  You can also purchase air humidifier units at the local hardware store. Dehumidifiers will get rid of excess moisture in your air. As a result, it’ll prevent your home from feeling stuffy. It can help you save energy by making a higher air conditioner temperature setting feel more comfortable. It can also prevent pests, biological growth and bad smells in your duct-work and home. Whole-home or portable models are available.
    8. Give your pets a bath and regularly brush their hair, preferably outside to keep the dander and pet hair under control.  We love our fur-babies but their hair can be a huge factor in aggravating our respiratory distress.
    9. Buy indoor plants to freshen the air.  Plants are known to help with clean air exchange.  You can find some amazing plants at your local hardware store, greenhouse and plant shops.

    Replacing Your Filter

    For maximum effectiveness, it’s recommended you change your filter at least once every three months. You may want to change the filter more frequently if:

    – You are remodeling or there is any other kind of construction work in progress

    – There is any furniture or drywall sanding in process

    – You own pets

    – Anyone in the home smokes

    – There is a fan running continuously

    10 best air purifying plants for the home
    • Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Spider Plant
    • Aloe Vera
    • Broad Lady Palm
    • Red-edged Dracaena or Dragon Tree
    • Weeping Fig
    • Chinese Evergreen. This tropical plant is proven to be an effective cleanser of formaldehyde and benzene, found in detergents and cosmetics

    We all want to be healthy, breathe clean air and enjoy our homes.  Take some simple steps to ensuring the highest quality of air is circulating in your home and around your family members.  Dissatisfied with your current home in general and would like a new home with a better ventilation system, more windows and less carpet?  Call us, we can help you out with that.  There’s a home out there that is perfect for your needs.  And we have the best team to help you with all of your real estate needs.

    Call or email us. 907.406.9403
    info@theAREteam.com
    751 E. 36th Ave Suite 104, Anchorage
    (close to Moose’s Tooth)
    www.alaskarealtyexperts.com

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