Our family tries to get out to the park as much as possible to get as much fresh air as possible. It’s something I think helps us as a family and for our health as well. I never thought about the air quality in our home before I read about how sometimes, the air quality inside homes and where we work can be more polluted than the air outside.
The air inside your home could contain formaldehyde, radon, chemicals from cleaners and new carpet (bummer, I love the smell of new carpet!), and even paint on the walls. So, if you’ve done some home remodeling, major cleaning, or some other major change, your home’s air quality is probably pretty poor.
On top of that, you’ll find different allergens like dust mites, mold and pet dander, which can definitely trigger asthma symptoms in your home. The crazy part is, even if you don’t own a pet, you probably still brought it into your home by being around other people that are pet owners. Even if it doesn’t effect you now, other effects on health may appear later in life from repeated exposure.
Since we are all spending more time indoors these days, and modern homes are more airtight, we are seeing more allergens and irritants much more than recent decades.
So, what kind we do about it?
Improve our indoor air quality!
Here are 5 Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality:
1. Open the windows.
Opening the windows should be an obvious solution, but some people don’t think about it, or think that it will do more harm. If you have outdoor allergies, this probably isn’t a good idea, but if you don’t, making this a habit will help you improve your indoor air quality. It helps lower chemical and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels.
Open the windows 5 to 10 minutes every day to help circulate fresh air in.
2. Use natural cleaners.
Store bought cleaners contain many toxic chemicals that can greatly harm the air you breathe in while at home. Try using natural products such as, vinegar and lemon. You can find hundreds of homemade cleaning solutions online. Not only are they better for your air, they are cheaper too.
3. Use a HEPA filter.
Chemicals and allergens end up sticking to household dust, which ends up everywhere. Switch to a vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce toxins and allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Also, make sure your vacuum has strong suction and rotating brushes to pick them up better. Vacuum two or three times each week and wash out your filter regularly.
4. Don’t make your home so air tight.
If you live in a climate that gets super cold in the winter months, you probably winterize your home. This is a good thing to a certain degree. Make sure holes are plugged up and there aren’t large drafts coming in to your home, but still allow for some air to come in. Consider replacing old windows with more efficient ones, so you won’t have to plastic cover them. If possible, still open your windows a little bit each day.
5. Place an air-filtering plant in your home.
Houseplants are great indoor air cleaners, and some of them are better cleaners than others. Plants filter out pollutants and toxic chemicals in your home. Some houseplants can even be used to eliminate toxic such as trichlorethylene and formaldehyde from your home air.
There are at least 15 wonderful air cleaning plants, but here are 3 popular ones that get recommended the most:
- Peace Lily
- English Ivy
- Aloe Vera
If you have pets or kids, make sure the plant you choose isn’t poisonous if eaten.