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Keeping Indoor Air Clean During Holidays

Last updated Dec. 21, 2018

Its holiday season once again. It is likely that you have already started decoration. That means those decors you carefully stored away for so long are going to enter into your living areas again.

Whether you have started the process of decoration or about to, it is important that you pay attention to your home air this season.

It is possible that you are among the individuals that are not yet aware that the indoor air quality can be a lot worse than the air outside.

Studies have shown this to be true and health professionals have started hammering on the need to keep the home air in a good condition.

Your indoor is most likely going to be affected this season due to your decorations.

If you are like most people, you are going to dig out some home décor from your garage and basement to get your home in tune for the season.

The truth is that these holiday décor and the process of setting them up can actually harm your indoor air and put you, your household, and those that will visit you during the holidays at risk of taking in different particles that constitute air pollutants.

There is a need to protect your indoor air even as you prepare for the holidays and that is exactly what this post is all about. We will discuss this fully under a few helpful tips below:


Avoid the Candles and Scented Decorations

Holiday-themed candles and other scented decorations are always nice, but they do cause some serious damage to the quality of your indoor air.

They may be very appealing to the eyes and deliver some sweet fragrance that will make you, your household and visitors enjoy the time you spend in your indoor space, the consequences they carry, are not desirable at all.

Scented candles and many fragranced products used during the holidays often have several hazardous chemicals that can impact your health negatively in so many ways.

Even if the effects are not felt immediately, they can accumulate over time and result in serious health issue in the long run.

Instead of such candles and artificially scented products, there are other ways you can make your home smell nice during the holiday. You need to start with proper cleaning.

After cleaning your home thoroughly, opt for naturally scented items. If you can trim some boughs from evergreens and other coniferous plants and place them around your home, they can substitute for artificially scented products.

You can also boil some water and add such natural items as cinnamon sticks, orange peels, and gloves: they will give out a lovely holiday scent without undermining the quality of your indoor air.

Alternatively, you can stick a pie in the oven or a tray of cookies. Resist the urge to use artificially scented decorations and try some natural alternative.


Avoid Decorations with Harmful Chemicals

There are certain items of holiday decorations that you need to toss this season.

Those that have fire-retardant sprays, adhesives, varnishes, and paints harbor chemical particulates that harm you one way or the other when you unconsciously inhale them.

There may be some really valuable old decoration items like old light-up Santa Claus that will do more harm than good when you continue to use them.

Some old Christmas trees, too, are not very friendly in terms of what they do to your indoor air. 

They are often covered in a fire-retardant spray that is loaded with dangerous chemicals that will easily undermine your indoor air quality.

Other kinds of décor items that contain adhesives and paints are also harmed your indoor air quality; it is time to let them go.

It is possible that you are so attached to some holiday items that have been passed down from one generation to the next until I got to you, you can toss it and find solace in the fact that you are potentially saving yourself and the next generation from the health hazards it can cause.

Your forebears were probably unaware of the problems it can cause. Now you know, it is time to retire them. Invest in new items without harmful chemicals.


Take Care of Dust

No matter how well you store your holiday décor items, it is not possible to have them dust-free when the next holiday season comes.

Even when they are perfectly wrapped and packed inside a storage container, the process of bringing them out and taking them inside your living area will certainly stir up particles that can undermine your indoor air quality.

The problem is more common when the décor items are stored in unfinished basements and attics. These areas of the house are often full of dust particles and toxic chemicals from insulation and other construction materials.

It is advisable that you have your microfiber dust cloth ready when you start the process of holiday decoration.

From the very place, your décor items are stored, try to get them as dust free as possible.

Once you pull out each storage container, it is important that you dust it off with a microfiber cloth before taking it into your living area.

When getting them out of the storage container, there will be less dust if they were properly stored. It is still important that you wipe with microfiber cloths: they can trap dust and other particles that constitute indoor air pollutants.

After setting up your holiday decor, it is also considered very important that you clean your home with a vacuum with HEPA filter. This way, dust and other particles that constitute pollutants are trapped.

It is important to get your home holiday-ready. The decorations are parts of what makes the holiday periods enjoyable.

This, however, doesn’t mean that you should decorate at the detriment of your indoor air quality. It is actually possible to prepare for the holiday and decorate appropriately while protecting your indoor air.

By knowing the items to avoid and what to do while setting up your holiday decoration, you can do that in the healthiest manner. By following the tips above, your home will be much safer during the holidays.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.