To Our Readers,

July 22, 2012


Today will be a continuation of our discussion on lung health.

While most people think about outdoor pollution as the most common and dangerous type of pollution, this sometimes is not the case. Indoor pollutants tend to irritate us more so than outdoor pollutants, if only because we spend so much time indoors!

So what constitutes as an indoor pollutant? There are many types and triggers, with the most obvious being tobacco smoke or dust. But also aerosol products, household cleaners, and even houseplants can be sources of pollution. Cut down on these pollutants by keeping your house free of dust and mold, and by keeping smoke outside. If you need to use any chemicals while cleaning, make sure you do so in an open or well-ventilated room.

As for your houseplants, you don’t have to get rid of them. But, because plant soil is usually damp, it can allow for the spread of mold. So just be sure to keep your plants well potted and check for creeping irritants. Still, definitely don’t get rid of your green friends. They can actually help in the improvement of air quality in your home—as long as you take care of them properly.

HELPFUL PLANTS

Of course all plants help to filter the air, simply by existing. Plants take carbon dioxide and release oxygen. However, some plants can help to eliminate significant amounts of benzene and formaldehyde, as well as some other respiratory irritants.

NASA—as part of the NASA Clean Air Study—recommends that you use 15 to 18 good-sized houseplants in an 1,800-square-foot home in order to help improve air quality in your home. The following is a list of beneficial plants to keep an eye out for when looking to bring in new greenery. Of course, always research each plant well to make sure it is a right fit for you and your family (including pets!).

Dwarf date palm

Boston fern

Peace Lily (toxic to cats)

Chinese evergreen (toxic to cats)

Bamboo palm or reed palm

Broadleaf Lady palm

Spider Plant

Snake Plant (toxic to cats and dogs)

Red-edged dracaena (toxic to cats and dogs)

Warneck dracaena (toxic to cats)

Gerbera Daisy

Pot Mum (poisonous if eaten or chewed by dogs, cats, and horses)

MOLD

Now, a big irritant—besides smoke—to anyone with asthma or other related lung difficulties is mold. While most people take mold as the first sign of a derelict or dirty house, that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, there are two common types of mold: mold growing from an overabundance of moisture, or mold growing due to natural substances such as pet dander or pollen. Keeping an eye out for any mold and eliminating it as soon as it’s noticed, however, is the best route to go with keeping your air quality in check. If you react badly to mold exposure but don’t have anyone else to help, you can protect yourself with a medical mask and covering up your skin and hair as much as possible while cleaning. If you begin to notice a reoccurrence of mold in a certain spot, be sure to investigate the possible cause.

Moisture can build up from anything—water leaking into the home, plumbing leaks, condensation from faulty ventilation, or even from ground moisture. And, because mold can propagate rather quickly and release allergens into the air, you need to eliminate these underlying problems if at all possible. Keeping the humidity in your home below 50% can help further prevention of mold growth. While this is difficult in certain regions, dehumidifiers can certainly help.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

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