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3 common air pollutants lurking in your home

(NC) While our homes are supposed to be safe spaces, there are a few everyday pollutants that we need to watch out for. Check out common culprits as well as tips for purifying your space: 

Dust danger. The dust we wipe off our countertops, crevices, furniture and floors is made up of mostly dead skin. If that’s not gross enough, microscopic living organisms known as dust mites live off these skin cells. Many people are allergic to dust mites, and they can even trigger an asthma attack in some. The remainder of dust is comprised of things like pet dander, rodent waste, paint particles, pollen, bacteria, viruses, plant and insect parts, heavy metals or even cigarette smoke and flame retardants.

Household products. Chemical-laden products can have a big impact on your home’s air quality. Things like household cleaners, detergents, shampoos and fabric softeners emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. While many of us try to mask bad smells by spraying an air freshener or lighting a candle, that only adds more toxins to the air you breathe.

Pet dander. Even the most ardent animal lover would admit their pet smells. Aside from the odour and the other “fun” stuff they track into the house, pets also carry dander, a common allergy trigger for most people. Fortunately, you can improve the air quality in your home, while keeping your pet.  

Consider getting a connected air purifier, which can let you monitor your indoor and outdoor air quality via a smartphone app. Your best bet is the Philips Air Purifier Series 2000i, which captures 99.97 per cent of particles that pass through the filter. It’s proven to reduce allergens, odours, VOCs and even certain bacteria.

Experts also recommend cleaning your home regularly, turning the hood fan on while cooking, opening your windows a couple times of day, and limiting your use of candles and air fresheners.