10 Simple Ways to Keep the Air in Your Home Clean
Aug 18, 2017
Do you suffer from allergies or any other respiratory disorder? If yes, you know the importance of breathing in clean and pollutant free air every single day. Even though we clean our houses and may not open the windows our homes harbor dust, mold, pollen and other allergens. To improve the quality of air at your home, we’ve listed 10 simple ways to keep the air in your home clean.
1) Install an air purifier at home
Investing in a good quality air purifier is the best thing that you can do to ensure that your family is breathing in clean and pure air. Irrespective of how clean you keep your house, the air will contain high levels of mold, spores, dust, pollen, pet dander and hair. Air purifiers will trap all the dust, allergens, viruses and bacteria and destroy it. It also removes harmful gases and unpleasant odors so that you can breathe in pure air every day.
2) Use pillow cases and mattress covers that are bed-bug proof
This is because they are mite-proof and won’t harbour dust mites, which can cause allergies. Also, use pillows made of foam rubber since they are less susceptible to dust. Make sure you wash your linens in hot water once a week so that you get rid of the dust mites.
3) Install trickle vents in your home
Installing trickle vents in your home is a great way to improve the quality of air. How do they work? They draw air into your home due to the varying air pressure caused by the wind outside your house. On the windiest side, positive air pressure pushes fresh, dry air inside through the vents and the negative air pressure pushes the damp and stale air outside your house on the sheltered side. Make sure you install trickle vents in each room for clean and fresh air inside your house.
4) Install exhaust fans in the kitchen and make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated
Cooking on a gas stove produces a high level of nitrogen dioxide and is considered unsafe for breathing, so make sure that your kitchen is ventilated and has an exhaust fan to get rid of the pollutants inside the house.
5) Burn beeswax candles at home to remove contaminants from the air
If you love burning candles at home make sure that they are beeswax candles and not paraffin candles. Wondering why? This is because paraffin candles release benzene, toluene, and soot into the air, which are toxic and not good for health.
Beeswax candles on the other hand help in improving the quality of air since they ionize the air and neutralize contaminants, dust, and other toxic compounds. What’s more? Beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent. Hence, it is safe for people with asthma and other allergies.
6) Get indoor plants which will purify the air in your house
Sometimes, we tend to overlook the easiest option while looking for a solution. Most people with respiratory illnesses are not aware that certain houseplants can filter toxins like ammonia and formaldehyde and drastically improve the quality of air.
Plants like Broadleaf Lady Palm, Golden Cane Palm, and Bamboo Palm grow indoors in bright, indirect light. Spider Plant can be grown in kitchens since it helps in absorbing carbon monoxide and xylene.
7) Burn essential oils at home
Studies have shown that burning certain essential oils help in killing airborne bacteria, fungi, viruses, and mold. The essential oils that you can use are cinnamon, thyme, tea tree, rosemary, and grapefruit. Another, highly effective oil is Thieves Oil which is a blend of pine needle, eucalyptus, lemon, thyme and other antiseptic essential oils, which kills 99.96% of the germs and purifies the air in your home.
8) Clean your carpets on a regular basis
Carpets are a storehouse of dust, allergens and other toxic contaminants. If you have a carpeted area in your house it is essential that you get it cleaned on a regular basis to prevent it from polluting the air in your house and triggering allergies. Vacuum your carpets regularly and get a deep clean done every month.
9) Try burning salt lamps
Salt lamps not only get rid of the airborne irritants, pathogens, and allergens present in the air but they also neutralize the toxins. Try using a Himalayan pink salt lamp at home or in your office and you’ll see that the quality of air will improve drastically.
10) Use low – VOC paints for your house
Use paints that have a low presence of volatile organic compounds. This is because paints and varnishes release trace amounts of toxic gases (formaldehyde, acetaldehyde) even after they’ve dried up. So, use paints that have a low VOC content and keep your home well-ventilated and turn the exhaust on while you’re getting your home painted.
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