Indoor air quality may not be something you think about on a daily basis, but you should. Without taking precautions, indoor pollutant levels can be up to 100 times higher than outdoor pollutant levels!
Most people living with poor indoor air quality are not even aware that they are living in a polluted environment. Poor indoor air quality can be the cause of allergies, sinus infections, and a host of other health issues.
So how can you clean up the air in your home? Be aware of the many culprits that compromise indoor air quality and prevent them from invading.
Here are 10 ways to improve indoor air quality, and restore your home to the clean sanctuary it is meant to be:
Dust and Vacuum Regularly
Sure, life gets busy, but a clean home is a healthy home. Make surface-cleanliness a priority and a lot less will float into the air.
Did you know that simply adding plants to your home can increase your air quality? Not only will plants help you create a beautiful, healing environment at home, but some plants actually excel at cleaning air. Try a spider plant, philodendron, or Chinese evergreen.
Clean Your Air Ducts
If it has been a while since you have cleaned your air ducts you may want to give that a try. Many companies will come out for very reasonable rates and clean the ductwork in your house.
Change Your Air Filters
This seemingly obvious step is too often forgotten. Mark your calendar and set up reminders so that your in-built filtration system is always in tip-top shape.
If you or your family members suffer from a lot of allergies or sinus problems, try upgrading to an allergen filter. Filtrete makes a variety of allergen options worth checking out.
Hepa Filter Air Purifiers
If you or your family suffer from severe allergies, this device is a must! There are many options on the market these days and all shapes and sizes. Choose an appropriate sized filter based on the size of the room it will service.
Voila! Cleaner and healthier air!
Himalayan Salt Lamps
These beautiful and natural lamps help by ionizing and purifying the air in your home. A few of these strategically placed throughout your house and you are well on your way to cleaner air.
Too much moisture can give contaminants a leg up to grow uncontrollably. To avoid this, run those exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen, and stay on top of your plumbing. If something is leaking fix it immediately so all your hard work isn’t compromised.
Also, if you live in a humid climate, buy a dehumidifier. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes!
Basement and Crawl-Space
Moisture can easily get trapped in the nether-regions of your home, often leading unwelcome visitors like mold and mildew. This can wreak havoc on your health and the air quality in your entire home.
Having your basement or crawl-space serviced can prevent dangerous spores from forming. This service can be as simple as adding a crawl space vapor barrier to decrease moisture levels.
You would be surprised the amount of chemicals we bring into our homes without ever realizing the harm they bring in. Whenever possible, opt for natural cleansers such as vinegar, baking soda, or lemon (click here for some more ideas). There are many natural and non- toxic ways to clean our homes and they can save money!
Take Off Your Shoes
That’s right, something as simple as removing your shoes at the door can decrease contaminants in your home. Who wants all those nasty pollutants from outside being tracked indoors anyway?!
What are some things that you do to keep your indoor air quality at optimum levels?
Leslie is a wife, mother, blogger, personal chef, and lover of all things natural. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and son where she lives each day blissfully happy!