Happy heart, happy home. Or is it the other way around? The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have long-term effects like respiratory disease, heart disease, and cancer.
If your home shows signs of poor IAQ, there are steps you can take to improve your health while also ensuring good health for the environment.
1. Become a Plant Parent
Succulents have become a significant home trend in the last few years, but their positive effects aren’t limited to aesthetics. Plants like aloe and Golden Pothos (Devil’s Ivy), for example, are known for filtering out chemicals found in paints and cleaning products. For a full list of the best plants for improving your indoor air quality, check out One Green Planet.
2. Utilize UV Lamps
Germicidal ultraviolet lights (UV), when properly integrated into a heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, are an effective method for preventing indoor air contamination from spreading throughout your home. The germicidal ultraviolet light rays produced by the UV Light system destroy micro-organisms that collect inside to help maintain a germ-free environment.
3. Say Goodbye to Aerosols
Aerosols, although an everyday item for many, aren’t great for your IAQ. It’s best to cut them out completely. If you aren’t able to say farewell just yet, use them by an open window or keep a window open for an hour after use.
4. Try Natural Cleaning Products
Chemical cleaners are abrasive. When you opt for natural alternatives, you reduce the amount of harmful bleach and ammonia chemicals entering your airflow.
Not sure where to start? Real Simple has a list of 66 great all-natural cleaning solutions.
5. Beware of Humidity
As it turns out, humidity isn’t just a nuisance for hair. When humidity exceeds 50%, your home becomes the ideal environment for mold growth. Keep your home’s humidity between 30-50% to sidestep any potential uninvited guests. A dehumidifier will take care of it for you!
6. Leave Shoes at the Door
If you’ve ever looked at the bottom of your favorite pair of sneakers, you know the kind of things shoes pick up as you go throughout the day. Remove your shoes when you enter your home to avoid bringing in chemicals, dirt, and pollen inside.
7. Try Aromatherapy
You’ve probably heard of aromatherapy for stress relief, but essential oils go beyond mental benefits. Scents like lemon, peppermint, and tea tree have antifungal and antibacterial properties.
8. Get a System to Take Care of the Rest
The PureAir ™ system attacks the sources of indoor air quality issues: dust, mildew, bacteria, viruses, and pet dander. Weather Master technicians will install your brand-new system in a flash, and you’ll be breathing easy with our 100% satisfaction guarantee!