Breathe Easier In The Home
When it comes to the quality of the air in your home, you want to ensure it’s the best. Whether you live there alone, with friends, young children or pets; and whether you live in the city or the country – you want the air inside the home to be of benefit to everyone’s health, rather than a hindrance to it. There are many pollutants in the home which can cause problems, but there are also some ways in which you can eradicate them.
So what can you do to make the air quality better in your home?
There Are A Few Simple Steps
When it comes to having good quality air in the home, allowing you, your family and guests to breathe easy, there are a number of things you can do.
Open the windows. This might seem obvious, but some people might not even consider it, particularly if you are in the middle of winter and it’s icy outside. But the fact is, that no matter how cold it is outside, if your home is starting to feel stuffy thanks to all that central heating, or from keeping everything closed up – open it! It’s as easy as that. Opening your windows will reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in the air, help to dry out any problem areas that could be prone to mould (in the bathrooms or kitchen in particular), and lowers the amount of CO2 in the air, replacing it with much fresher O2. If your home is feeling particularly musty, turn on the fan once the window is open – it will help to circulate the air around the home a lot faster.
Keep your home clean. The cleaner your house, the less dust. The less dust, the less problems you’ll have with the indoor air quality. Just remember that if you do clean, try to use cleaning solutions that won’t actually make things worse. Go for some home remedies like vinegar and water, rather than opting for things like bleach! Your home will smell much better for it and you won’t be compromising the air quality with toxins. Make sure you vacuum your home and mop at least once a week, and rather than using a feather duster (which is guaranteed to pollute the air in the home even more), use a damp cloth to wipe down any dust around the home.
Guide Those Around You
If you have friends who are smokers, and they might be used to lighting up in their own home – or you could even be a smoker yourself; smoke outside! Second hand smoke has been shown to contain around 4,000 different chemicals, with the same amount linked to cancer. And even if you’re not breathing in the toxins immediately, they can hang around in your furniture and walls. And third hand smoke can stick in the walls and floors for years. It is also still full of toxins which can enter your bloodstream any time you take a breath.
It’s not hard to have good quality air in the home, and it could be as simple as stopping your use of things like air fresheners and perfumed soaps. These products often have a range of gases that are actually quite harmful. They emit toxic pollutants that could lead to fatigue, nausea, anemia and neurological issues; and many contain phthalates, which are particularly harmful to babies and children. If you want to make the air in a room smell better (particularly the toilet or babies room), go for some fresh lemon slices on a plate; or put some baking soda in a small bowl and put it in compact areas, such as the fridge. It soaks up the stink (which is why it’s often used in nappy disposal bins).
Mould is one of the worst pollutants in the home, but you can help to prevent it by keeping the humidity at a good level – generally between 30% and 50%. Mould spreads easily through the air and these spores can float into your lungs, causing you a number of allergy-related problems or even things like cancer, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and multiple sclerosis. Get a humidity level tester, a dehumidifier and remember to open those windows!!
Go For Greenery
There are actually some types of plants which are ideal for helping to keep your fresh air fresher in the home. They work to filter the air and can eliminate toxic agents from the air in your home, including benzene, trichlorethylene and formaldehyde. They aren’t going to clear your entire home, but they can certainly help. Types of plants to look at include the English ivy (Hedera helix), Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) or even the easy to find, simple to buy Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium). Not only will these plants help to create fresher air in the home, but they’ll also look great! So it’s a win-win.
These are all relatively simple changes and you can do these regardless of if you live in the centre of a big city, or you live in the countryside. Ensuring you have good quality air inside the home is going to give you a better quality of life, all year long.