When we think about air pollution we tend to conjure up images of smog, car exhausts, and city fumes, but the truth is that air pollution isn’t just limited to the world outside, but can be found inside our homes too, causing respiratory issues and leading to longer-term health conditions. So whether you’re finding you have a persistent cough or simply want to make your home a healthier space for yourself and your family, then here are 5 ways that you can improve your indoor air quality.
Improve your ventilation
Maintaining good airflow in your home can help to remove and refresh stagnant indoor air as well as keeping humidity levels under control, stopping the growth of mould. The easiest way to improve the ventilation in your home is by cracking open your windows and doors every now and again to let outside air in. However, if you live in a busy city area with a lot of outdoor air pollution then this may not be the best solution, instead, try a trickle ventilator which allows a steady flow of air into your home, passing it through a filter to remove any airborne pollutants.
Install air Conditioning
A simple aircon installation can do a whole lot more than just giving you better temperature control within your home, it can also help to filter and purify your air too. Air conditioning units can be used to recycle your inside air, passing it through a series of filters to remove unwanted particles before releasing it back into the room again as good as new. Some air conditioning units even come with carbon filters to help control odour and pollen filters for those who suffer from hayfever.
Decorate with more house plants
Not only do house plants look good in your home, but they also help to keep your air cleaner too. House plants remove carbon dioxide, alongside other harmful gases such as Volatile Organic Compounds, from the air by absorbing them through their leaves and roots. Some of the most hardworking indoor air purification plants include Japanese royal ferns, spider plants, English ivy, areca palms, golden pothos, aloe vera, snake plants and peace lilies.
Keep your home clean
The best way to improve the air quality in your home is by removing items and particles which may pollute it. Dust and dust mites are one of the most common causes of household air pollution which can be kept on top of and removed by simply hoovering and dusting your home regularly or by switching old carpets for hard floor alternatives.
Be cautious with chemicals
Some of the other most common air pollutants that we find in our homes come from our own misguided actions, such as spraying aerosols or splashing around cleaning chemicals unnecessarily. These products tend to contain compounds known as Volatile Organic Compounds which become airborne and can irritate our lungs. If spraying aerosols or using cleaning chemicals in your home try to leave a window open to dilute the VOC’s and allow fresh air in, or where possible opt for natural and more environmentally friendly alternatives.
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