More and more, we’re becoming a nation of staying indoors. And that’s sometimes not the healthiest decision when it comes to the air you breathe.
“Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case,” Dr. William Calhoun told WebMD.
This is because you’re adding the polluted air from outside with irritants and pollutants inside (dust, pet dander, mold), not to mention gases or particles from furnaces, fireplaces, ovens, etc. Sounds gross, right?
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help clean the air you breathe in your home, thus allowing for your family to live healthier at home, whether they’re outside or inside.
- Houseplants In grade school science class you learned that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen. So it’s pretty safe to say that adding more houseplants to your home can help clean the air. But did you know there are particular types of plants that are better at eliminating benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene? Those include Bamboo Palm, Spider Plants, Snake Plants, Boston Fern, Peace Lily and Golden Pothos. A study by NASA recommends having at least one plant per 100 square feet of home for efficient air cleaning.
- Himalayan Salt Lamp Not only are they a cool addition to your home décor, Himalayan salt lamps can help clean your air as well. It’s explained that when the bulb inside heats the crystalized salt, the salt will release negative ions, which ill neutralize pollutants in the air.
- Beeswax Candles We’ve all got candles around the house, but the right candle can help you clear the air. Beeswax candles will burn clean and will ionize the air to neutralize toxic compounds and other contaminants. This is compared to normal, paraffin candles that release petroleum byproducts into the air.
- Natural Air Circulation With spring in the air, you want to open the windows to allow fresh air into the home, which is a great first step to helping clean your indoor air. Even during the colder months, it’s recommended that you open the windows, even if just a crack, especially while cooking or cleaning. When you’re cooking, turn on the exhaust fan in your kitchen to rid of your home of fumes. And turn on your exhaust fan after taking a shower to help remove the moisture in the air.
- Wash the House OK, so you’re not really going to stick your entire house in the washer, but it’s best if you can wash the larger items to remove the dust mites your drapes and furniture covers might harbor. Use water as hot as allowed (experts recommend at least above 130 degrees F), and wash all new fabrics you bring into the home.
- Say No to Carpet If you’re looking to renovate your home, one consideration should be your flooring. Having wall-to-wall carpeting can add toxins in the air, especially newly-installed carpet. No matter how often you clean your carpet, it can also trap dirt, dust mites, and who knows what else you might bring in from the outside.
- Contact Your Experts at Weather Master Weather Master offers and installs a full array of products designed to improve your indoor living environment for your family. From mechanical ventilation products that keep outdoor pollution outdoors to extended pleat media filters that, for most home owners, only require annual maintenance (these are not available in stores). We also offer a wide variety of top of the line air cleaners to help purify and clean your home’s air. We have solutions to improve the quality of life for every homeowner and every budget. By enrolling in a maintenance program for your heating and air conditioning system, your Weather Master technician will ensure your air filters are clean and your home comfort system is working to its optimum strengths, while still working efficiently and cleanly.