How to Clean the Air in your Home
Since at the moment I am suffering from horrible hay fever which is triggered by having too much pollen and dust in the air, this is a timely topic for me, as I have to use air conditioning with filters to try and clean the air in my home at this time of year.
When it comes to pollution, we often think about the air outside. But the amount of toxins, dust and even critters like dust mite, that you breathe in when inside the home would shock you!
Precautions are taken to help keep factories and such from throwing up harmful gases into the air.
What about the inside of your home? That air also needs a good cleaning now and again.
The Need for Clean Air
Air is a mixture of elements including nitrogen and oxygen.
The unique mix provides us with fresh air to breath into our lungs.
Trees take in the carbon monoxide we breathe out of our bodies and turn it into oxygen that we need to breathe in.
It is a relationship that has kept life thriving on this planet for billions of years.
When it comes to clean air, you can never have too much of it.
Most people don’t think about the air that they breathe in their homes.
It too can become polluted by some of our habits.
Polluted air can fill the lungs with particles that can predispose us to certain illnesses and other health problems.
But air doesn’t just fill our lungs but nasal passages.
If you are sneezing more than usual, it could be your air quality.
How to Keep Air Clean Inside your Home
Improve your air with these five tips.
Change your air filter – Filters remove certain pollutants from the surrounding air.
This includes, dust, dust mites, allergens, pollen and smaller particles.
Every time you open the door you are letting in more than just air.
Keeping a dirty filter makes the heating and cooling systems work harder as well as losing the ability to pull these particles out of the air.
Buy houseplants – Several houseplants can help to keep the indoor air free of pollution.
Some varieties to consider: Peace Lily, Gerbera Daisy, Red-Edged Dracaena and English Ivy.
For optimum results, keep houseplants wiped down and well-watered and fed.
Keep ceiling fans clean – Ceiling fans are environmentally friendly in your home but they also collect dust.
A dusty fan can keep all sorts of pollutants circulating in the air.
Dust them regularly to cut down on poor air quality.
Check for mold and mildew – Keep moisture from creeping into areas under cabinets and in bathtubs.
Mold that becomes airborne can make your family sick.
Let shower curtains dry flat and completely after washing.
Clean out washing machines and dishwashers to stop mildew from forming.
Open your windows – You might not want to open them all the time, but letting in fresh air from outdoors can boost the air quality of your home.
Also clean out the inside of windows so that dust doesn’t blow back into your home.
How is the air in your house? Use these five ways to keep the air quality high.
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