The biggest sign that you might have indoor pollution is if you’re constantly sick at home. Allergy symptoms, cold-like symptoms, or even muscle and joint aches can result from dirty air. So, how do you improve indoor air quality? These six ways will give you a kickstart.
Raise Air Purifying Plants
Some plants are natural air filters, such as aloe vera and spider plants. They are good investments if you’re concerned about your home air quality. Many of these plants also absorb harmful radiation, perfect for those of you with a digital job working from home.
Allow Natural Light
UV ray might tan us, but it also kills germs indoors according to an NPR article. Therefore, allowing natural light into your room is possibly the most affordable and instant way to improve indoor air quality at home.
If you did listen to our advice on indoor plants up there, even better! The sun will promote photosynthesis. As a result, your plants will produce fresh oxygen right from your window cell!
Maintain Indoor Humidity
High humidity leads to mold and mildew. Both indoor pollutants easily spread from room to room and could lead to a series of illnesses. For example, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, allergies, and chronic inflammation. Breathing molded air also reduces your immunity and makes you more vulnerable.
Additionally, since mold can grow behind the walls, it’s best to prevent it from growing by controlling your indoor humidity. Because to fully remove mold, you’ll need to hire a professional crew. And that will be far more expensive.
Invest in a HEPA Air Purifier
Concerned about PM2.5, Covid-19 viruses, and other scary things in the air the world has been talking about? Consider buying a true HEPA air purifier. HEPA models can effectively remove harmful chemicals, viruses, bacteria, mold, and other pollutants while circulating the air in the room.
And, no matter what model you get, be sure to change filters accordingly. Mold and bacteria can grow on dirty filters and become the reason why the air around you is dirtier than ever.
Sweep, Mop, and Vacuum
We get it. Nobody likes chores. But they’re necessary because they keep your house clean. Regularly dust, sweep, mop, and vacuum your house. This would effectively remove most dust, hairballs, rubbish, and other pollutants.
Once in a while, wipe off the furniture with disinfectant. There are more bacteria around us than we can ever imagine. So, seasonal deep cleanings are great ideas if you want to live allergy-free in your home.
Pay Attention to Your HVAC System
More specifically, air ducts and filters. Just like your dryer becomes full of lint as time goes by, so do your vents, ducts, and filters. If your house seems clean but you can’t stop sneezing, your HVAC system might be pushing dust and mold through the house without you realizing it.
Pay special attention to the hard-to-see vents, like ones tucked away behind decors, or low to the ground in the corners. Most vents allow you to remove the cover for a more thorough cleaning, too.
Why Improve Indoor Air Quality
You might ask: Is this a little too over the top?
We can see why you’d have that doubt. But trust us, every penny spent improving indoor air quality is a penny well spent.
Many think the only risk with dirty air is allergies and sinus infections. But air pollution could far more severer consequences including chronic diseases that would significantly lower your quality of life.
Meanwhile, it doesn’t take that much to start cleaning. So why not invest in your health before you ever get sick?