Breathe Easy With These Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Just about everything in your house releases some form of toxins into your home. Your carpet, your fabrics, your pets and building materials all emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds). There are significant health issues that can be traced to poor air quality in the home, such as respiratory problems and heightened allergy symptoms. What can you do to help improve your home’s indoor air quality?
Have your heating and air conditioning system checked to make sure it’s operating efficiently. Changing or cleaning your air filters regularly will help ensure your air quality is at its best. Consider adding air purifying systems if you or a family member have significant health issues related to air pollutents.
Maintaining proper humidity levels in your home can keep mold and dust mites under control. Use a dehumidifier and/or air conditioning unit in the summer months and a humidifier during the dry winter months to manage the levels of humidity in your home.
Vacuum regularly with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters, which will help reduce allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust mites. Add large doormats at entry points of the home to reduce dirt, pesticides and pollutants from being tracked into the home. And make your home a no-smoking zone!
Household plants can play a key role by reducing toxins in the home and by adding a pleasant fragrance without commercial deodorizers.
- Spider Plants – remove harmful indoor air pollutants
- Snake Plants – produce oxygen and removes carbon dioxide during the night (while other plants are ‘sleeping’)
- Golden Pothos — removes household chemical vapors that are released from carpets and floor coverings.
- Anise – this plant adds the pleasant scent of licorice
- Scented geraniums – lovely plants that come with a variety of fragrances, like chocolate, orange and nutmeg
- Basil, mint and lavender – what’s your favorite scent? Sure beats artificial deodorizers!
Although technology is available to help improve the air in your home, there are other options as well. Perhaps a mix of technology, regular cleaning and care of your home, and adding in a few new houseplants will improve the overall air quality in your home, and more importantly, your health.
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