Hello you amazing TwinCitiesView Readers… Today is an exciting day as we give a big warm welcome to the fantastic guest writer, Emma Lawson. She wrote a great article that I know you’re going to enjoy…
7 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Many of us are in constant battle with various particles and odors in our homes. Also, many of us believe that simply spraying an air freshener or opening a window can solve all our troubles. Yes, while this is true, it solves a problem only for a couple of minutes. Instead of overusing the air fresheners and opening your windows every chance you get, you should invest in better solutions when it comes to improving the air quality in your home.
Keep the Floors Clean
Most of the allergens, particles, dust and chemicals accumulate on our floors. First, you should regularly vacuum your floors, but invest in a cleaner with HEPA filter. These can significantly reduce concentrations of all the particles in your home. Also, choose the ones with stronger suction and rotating brushes so you can reach all the corners of your house. After vacuuming you should always mop the floors, because vacuum cleaners can leave some dust behind. However, don’t fill the water with various cleaners and soaps; instead, rely only on warm water to pick up all the dust. Lastly, you shouldn’t wear shoes inside your house, and leave the door mat outside. This way you will greatly reduce the amount of dirt in the house.
Keep the Fabrics Clean
Big drapes, fabric shower curtains and lush bedding sure look fabulous but these harbor dust mites and various other particles and allergens. In order to make the air cleaner, you will have to keep all larger pieces of fabric clean. Frequently wash your drapes, shower curtains and bedding in hot water and the particles will be gone. Additionally, always wash all new fabrics before use, because there may be some traces of chemicals still present in them.
You might be living with a smoker or a pet, or you simply don’t feel like the air is clean and fresh enough. Whatever the case, you should consider getting an air purifier. These little gadgets can capture and filter all harmful particles and provide you with clean air. You can check all the reviews, comparisons and models of air purifiers and make sure you get the appropriate model according to the room size and levels of required purification.
In order to maintain a healthy environment in your home and improve the air quality, you need to control the level of humidity. Mold, mildew and dust mites simply adore moisture. That is why you need to keep the humidity below 50% and to achieve that, you can rely on dehumidifiers and proper ventilation of your home.
Decorate with Houseplants
Plants can not only make your home look more beautiful, but they can also filter many different air pollutants. Fill the corners of your house with small palm trees, aloe vera, spider plants and Gerber daisies. All these can successfully filter allergens, dangerous toxins that are lurking in every home, and overall clear the air. Plus, they require plenty of sunlight and natural light is another great way to improve the overall health of your home.
The chemicals you should definitely avoid in your home are aerosols, chemical cleaning agents and any synthetic fragrances. Various cleaning products, perfumes and deodorants contain these chemicals and can make your indoor air toxic. Also, synthetic fragrances can contain phthalates (hormone disruptors) because they are derivatives of petroleum.
Lastly, after you’re done with purifying your indoor air, make sure you fill your home with sweet scents of essential oils. Also, many of them have antibacterial and antifungal properties which can greatly improve the quality of your air. Essences that fit best into a living environment are citrus, peppermint, thyme and eucalyptus.
There are plenty of ways you can make your home feel less stuffy and dirty. Work on improving your air quality with these simple tips and you will instantly feel more relaxed and healthy in your very own house.
Hope you learned a thing or two about improving the air quality in your home (it’s important you know?!)
Take care readers (And thank you Emma Lawson for your article!)