Many homeowners blame indoor pollutants on mildew, mold, cigarette smoke, and pet dander. Indeed, these are all conventional forms of pollutants. However, typical household clutter may also negatively impact indoor air quality.
A cluttered space provides more surface area for pollen, dust mites, and other airborne particles to cling to. Excessive clutter also leads to more hard-to-reach areas. Homeowners often ignore these spots, thus allowing more particles to accrue over time.
A cluttered room also has limited airflow. A clean air duct is obviously vital for ample circulation. However, even a clean ventilation system can only do so much if the room is littered in dust-covered junk.
Air quality aside, researchers have linked clutter to numerous other health problems. Neuroscientists at Princeton University, for example, discovered that clutter diminished one’s ability to concentrate on cognitive tasks. If you follow feng shui, some say that clutter also disrupts chi energy flow.
Any room can benefit from some spring cleaning (even if it’s not spring). Follow these simple tips for a cleaner home interior:
- Discard or give away at least 10 items from your closet
- Keep flat surfaces as clear as possible
- Wash and put away dishes right away
- Instruct your kids to put away their toys when not in use
- Use kitchen carousels to keep appliances off of the counter
- Limit decorative items that serve no functional use
Starting now, make a pledge to clean your home. Make an appointment with Aurora Edmunds Furnace Cleaning to inspect the dryer vent and furnace as part of a larger home cleaning strategy. Too much clutter contributes to poor indoor air quality that leads to preventable health issues.
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