Our home’s air quality can be more polluted than the outdoor air of even in the largest and most industrialized cities according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Home and office air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outside air.
As discussed in 16 Ways to Avoid Air Pollution we can make changes to the many contributors of poor indoor air quality. People smoking indoors, paint chemicals, household cleaning products, and detergents can cause indoor pollution are just a few examples of things we can change. Allergen and toxic gases can enter the home which creates a need to purify the air.
7 Ways to Create Better Air Quality in the Home
1. Open windows and doors as much as possible when temperature and humidity levels permit even if just for a few minutes. This will ensure proper ventilation to carry pollutants outside. Also it will help reduce moisture levels indoors which contribute to mould, destroying indoor air quality.
2. Fill your house with plants – we exhale to get rid of carbon dioxide, which our bodies don’t need. Plants do the exact opposite. They need carbon dioxide and let out oxygen that they do not need. NASA did a study to determine the best plants for air purification: “house plants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia, and also benzene.”
The top five plants to clean air according to the study include:
- Areca palm
- Lady palm
- Bamboo palm
- Rubber plant
- Janet Craig dracaena
3. Use chemical free cleaners for the home and personal care. Best to use Non-Toxic Home Cleaning products.
4. Salt crystal lamps are good for air purification. They can help reduce airborne allergens, and fungi and bacteria.
5. Groom your pets regularly to keep your carpets clean and it will help improve air quality in your home.
6. Purify the air in your home with an air purifier if you are very sensitive. There are many of them on the market.
7. Control the Moisture in your home
High moisture levels indoors which contribute to mould, destroying indoor air quality
- Keep the home at the right humidity. Humidity levels should be around 45%. Under 30% is too dry, over 50% is too high and can contribute to mould growth. A dehumidifier maybe necessary and do clean it regularly.
- When there has been water damage or leaks take immediate action and remove the water and wet materials within 48 hours.
- Running bathroom exhaust fans while showering and for 10 minutes afterwards helps keep moisture under control.
- Over watered house plants can encourage mould growth.
Get out of the house! Breathe in some fresh air by getting out to the country side – to a forest, the beach or the mountains.