Are you one of the millions who suffers from spring allergies? On windy days we can do our best to stay inside our homes and away from outdoor pollutants, but unfortunately many allergens that make us sick actually migrate indoors. Scary thought, isn’t it?! Dr. Ted Myatt joined me once again, this time to chat about the different types of allergens and airborne particles that are in our homes that we may not know about, how we can remove cooking odors and household cleaner smells from our kitchens, where mold spores live in our homes and how to get rid of them once and for all, and much more!
Candace Rose: What kind of allergens and airborne particles are in our homes that we may not know about?
Dr. Ted Myatt: “So there’s really a mixture of things that are found in your home like pollen and mold spores that are from outdoors that migrate in. You also have all sorts of particles that migrate into your home like exhaust from power plants and diesel truck exhaust, and all those particles also migrate indoors. You also have the particles that are generated inside your home that can be particles from say, cooking for example or people shuffling around and kicking up dust. But it also can be allergens like pet dander that get kicked up into the air, and it’s all particles that you end up breathing in.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything we can do to remove cooking odors and household cleaner smells from our home’s air if opening a window isn’t an option?
Dr. Ted Myatt: “Sure. So a lot of these products here (please see video above for details) have HEPA filters, so these HEPA filters remove the particles, so they’ll remove the pollen and the mold spores, the bacteria, the viruses…all those sorts of things get removed because they’re particles that HEPA filters remove essentially all the particles.
These products also have a second filter, a pre-filter that also has charcoal in it, and that charcoal will absorb odors and VOCs that we find in the home as well.”
Candace Rose: Where do mold spores exist in the home and how can you detect them?
Dr. Ted Myatt: “So mold spores exist in a couple of different situations. Mold spores are definitely generated outdoors and migrate into your home, so you end up with mold spores that are from outdoors. The bigger concern is when there is actual mold growth in your home, so you may have a leaky pipe or condensation on windows or any place where moisture is a problem, and you’re going to end up with mold growth. That can be a big concern and you really need to address that moisture source immediately to stop that mold growth.
If you have mold growth in your home and not only is an isolated event in the corner of a room or underneath a sink, but that mold will be constantly generating mold particles that end up in the air all over the place. So you end up with very high levels of mold spores in your home. The way to fix that of course is to get rid of that moisture problem. Either fix the pipe or fix the leaky roof or whatever, and then you’ll end up with a much cleaner environment.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Dr. Ted Myatt: “Sure. Additional ways to clean up your home are using a HEPA vacuum for example. You’ll also want to think about dust mites. Dust mites are a problem and they reside predominately in bedding material, so you’ll want to use hypoallergenic bedding, mattress covers, and wash that bedding in hot water as opposed to warm or cool water; and then to use air purifiers to really reduce those levels of allergens and pollutants in your air.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Dr. Ted Myatt: “A great website to look to for air purifiers and other products along with all sorts of other tips is HoneyWellCleanAir.com. It’s a great resource and it’ll help you determine what’s the right air purifier for you.”