You will be surprised to know that your indoor air quality is probably worse than the air outside. We are always very concerned about the air pollution outside. But we give very little thought to the air pollution inside our home. If you have pets in your house, then the quality of air will be poor. Dust mites, mold, and various allergens can also lower the quality of indoor air. In most houses, there are stoves, ovens, furnaces and other gas and electrical appliances. These give off gases and thus pollute the air. It is essential that you take steps to purify the air inside your home. Here are some ideas for you.
You must improve the ventilation of air so that the air circulation is good. Keeping the windows open is not a good idea because there are pollutants outside like dust emissions from the car, etc. that might get into the house. Instead, you can take the advantage of ‘trickle ventilation’. It is a high screen having filters. You can easily attach it to your windows. This way fresh air will get in, but the pollutants will stay out.
Having plants in the house can keep the indoor air clean. Plants take in the harmful carbon dioxide in the air and give off oxygen. Apart from carbon dioxide, plants can also get rid of benzene, trichloroethane, formaldehyde and other harmful substances from the air. Peace Lily, Bamboo Palm, Lady Palm, etc. are good houseplants.
You can have HEPA filters to get rid of the pollutants in the air. You can use in on your central air system or use it as a portable air purifier. You will have good health if you have a HEPA filter in your home.
You must clean your bedding regularly. Every week you must change your bed sheets and pillow. You can buy pillow protectors that will keep you safe from dust mites and allergens.
A study has proved that air fresheners or air sanitizers contain substances like butane, acetone, formaldehyde and other harmful substances. When these are released into the air, you may have a serious respiratory illness. So, instead of using chemical sprays you should let the fresh air get in by opening your windows. This way the bad odor inside your house will also go away. You can also use baking soda and sliced lemon to get rid of the bad smell.
These are natural air purifiers. You shouldn’t use paraffin candles to light up your place as these release harmful substances in the air, like benzene. The beeswax candles neutralize the toxic substances in the air.These candles give off less smoke and burns for longer hours.
Essential oils like rosemary, cinnamon, clove, etc. kill virus, bacteria, mold, and fungi. You can keep your home germ-free by using essential oils.
You should clean up your floor with microfiber mops so that even the tiniest dirt is picked up. You must place a floor mat in front of your doors so that people can wipe their shoes on the mat before getting inside the house or room.
There is a radon problem in every home, whether old or new. This gas can cause lung cancer. Radon gas enters your home through holes and cracks. If you have granite counter-tops then you have higher chances of having radon in the air. You should arrange for a radon test and try to reduce the level of radon in air. You can hire a professional for the work.
If the humidity of your room is high, then there will be dust mites. It is recommended that you keep your air humidity less than 30% or 35%. If you use air conditioning then you will be able to lower your air humidity level. You can use dehumidifier also.
It is very important to keep the air inside your home clean. Otherwise, you might have a number of health issues like asthma, colds, headaches, allergies, bronchitis, etc. You should do a thorough cleaning of your house every week. If necessary, hire a professional cleaner to do a deep cleaning of the house. If you think there is pest infestation in your home then you should call in professional pest controllers to get rid of them. You should try to use fragrance-free detergents to wash your clothes and bedsheets. You should make your home smoke-free as well. By keeping your air clean you will be able to provide a healthy environment for your family to live. There will be fewer diseases and you will stay healthy all the time.