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The Air We Breathe...


Air quality has been a hot topic in these months of Covid-19. A year in, we still cover our nose and mouth to protect us from this deadly virus. In the workplace and in schools, etc., improving the quality of air has been one of the best ways to stop the flow of virus particles from traveling.


While we await the vaccinations, we turn to the quality of the air in our homes as well. Many people have installed whole home air purification systems or purchased single units for the most-used rooms to help keep the air from particulates and germs.

But wait, Rachel—“why are you talking about all this stuff, light and air and water...what does all this have to do with design and decorating!?“ So, yes, let me back up a bit--I realized that we can spend hundreds even thousands of dollars designing our homes to be beautiful-but is any of that worth it if our home makes us sick? Taking a holistic perspective of the home allows us to not only create a beautiful serene space but also a functional eco-friendly, healthy space. Stick with me folks as we run through the 10 steps to a healthy home. One blog at a time.


Poor air quality can have other yucky health effects such as dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, hypersensitivity, allergies, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing, and even dizziness or nausea.

Occupants of buildings with poor air quality and ventilation can have a wide range of health problems which are often called Sick Building Syndrome or Tight Building Syndrome. This can happen in residential homes as well as schools and office buildings.


Here are examples of common indoor air contaminants and their main sources:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2), tobacco smoke, perfume, body odors – from building occupants.

  • Poor air quality can have other yucky health effects such as dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, hypersensitivity, plus molds allergies, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing, and even dizziness or nausea.

  • Toxic vapors, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – from workplace cleansers, solvents, pesticides, disinfectants, glues.

  • Gases, vapors, odors – off-gas emissions from furniture, carpets, and paints.

  • Dust mites – from carpets, fabric, foam chair cushions.

  • Microbial contaminants, fungi, molds, bacteria – from damp areas, stagnant water and condensate pans.

  • Ozone – from photocopiers, electric motors, electrostatic air cleaners.


I don't want to get too technical in these blogs because- O.M.GEEE... don't we have enough to worry about??, (And yawn, it can be kinda boring- "let's talk about the pretty stuff, Rachel!") but... also knowing is half the battle. As I said, stick with me. An informed person is an educated person...which in turn... is someone that takes action by taking care of themselves and their families.


You want to be informed, RIGHT? You want to take care of your families, RIGHT? You want a healthy home as well as a beautiful home, RIGHT?

Just knowing, is Peace of Mind.

That’s what you have me for... That’s why I’m bringing this information to you. That’s why I developed my new Signature Service, The Holistic Homes Assessment.


So here are some simple tips to clearing the air in your home:

  • Change the AC/Furnace Filters

  • Check or have the Air Ducts and Ventilation system checked and or cleaned

  • Check and/or clean the cooking vents

  • Clean rugs

  • Clean under-area rugs as well

  • Bring in indoor plants

  • Invest in an air purification system

I have hope that we will all be able to breathe easy.... very soon! Take care of yourselves! If you want to take a hard look at your home and learn more about my new Signature Service, The Holistic Home Assessment, or learn more about my other services, book a free video consultation below or visit my website, www.timelesslivingdesigns.com












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