*Thank you FiltreteTM Brand for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.*
I have this quote hung up in my room saying “Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can’t help but communicate. And if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.” That speaks volumes, and nothing is better than having a loving home, a home we are lucky to have our kids lay their sleepy heads in every night, and a home I feel so eager to nourish every day. I spend the majority of my time making our house the coziest, and I spend 90% of my day, cooking, cleaning, washing sheets, vacuuming floors, cleaning up after sticky fingers, and the most important, making the fondest of memories with my little family.
It definitely takes more than one person to make this house run as smoothly as I’d like it and most days it doesn’t go as planned. But I think me and Joe can both agree that it’s important to the both of us to set a good example for our children, not just by encouraging them to spread kindness and love. But by making sure they are responsible for cleaning up after themselves, washing their hands before dinner, and eating meals together as a family.
Did you know you can go every day the rest of your life cleaning your home but could still be at risk for bad air quality in your home? I had no idea how important air quality was for your home until I had the privilege to meet with the sweetest team members from FiltreteTM Brand when they came to my house and educated me a little on the possibilities of bad air quality. To be honest with you, I’ve never even touched an air filter in my life, and I thought dusting every once in a while was enough cleaning I had to do. Boy, was I way wrong.
Even well-maintained and ventilated homes could have pollen, mold spores, bacteria, and other viruses in the air. With Americans spending, on average, nearly 90% of their time indoors, it’s never been a better time to start caring about your indoor air quality. The most common causes that can affect your air quality in your home is pets, cooking, burning scented candles, fireplaces, and even cleaning….cleaning! Vacuuming and dusting actually kick particles back up into the air.
It’s hard to know how your everyday activities can affect the air around you when you can’t see it for yourself. I thought it was the coolest thing when the FiltreteTM Brand team came over and were able to show me visually what was going on around us with a bear. The Filtrete Team created Project Airhug – to provide a simple illustration of air quality, helping you understand what’s impacting the air inside your home and providing simple tips to improve its quality. This cute little bear was created by the Filtrete™ Brand team. Most people don’t realize indoor air can actually be 2-5 times worse than outside air. His little tummy is blue when air quality is good and turns more red when it gets worse. Luckily for our household, the air quality was good to moderate- and that was only when we placed the bear by the pot of hot soup in my kitchen with a scented candle burning at the same time.
There are a few ways you can help improve your in-home air quality:
- Check and change your air filter. The EPA recommends checking your home’s air filter monthly and changing it at least quarterly to help save energy.
- Control Humidity and Dampness- Run exhaust fans in bathrooms, remove mold growth and promptly fix all leaks to reduce the potential breeding ground for mold spores and bacteria.
- Ventilate Your Kitchen- Cooking is a big source of indoor air pollution, mainly if you have a gas stove; be sure your kitchen is well-ventilated, and open windows and doors while cooking.
- Avoid High VOC Products- Check what chemicals are in your hair/nail products, art supplies, and cleaning solutions look for products marked “low VOCs” and use only in a well-ventilated area.
On the left is my dirty air filter (which we had not changed in… a while?) and a new one, which helps block allergens for my husband who suffers from allergies. I never thought about the air quality in our home previously, and we haven’t changed our filter in some time. Our new FiltreteTM air filter will capture more of the smallest particles in the air, like allergens and viruses. I thought it was clean, and to be honest with you, I don’t even remember the last time we changed our air filters or considered ventilation and VOC content in household products. This is definitely something we all could take into consideration, especially with kids in the house. Or even if you have severe allergies. If you want to learn more about Air quality, head on over to www.filtrete.com/airhug to learn more about Project Airhug.