The fact is, though, that the air in your home is likely dirtier than the air outside. Take a look at these ten tips to get clean air in your home.
Have you ever thought about how dirty the air in your home might be? Most people don’t and instead worry about the car exhaust and other pollutants that are harming the environment outside.
You probably spend a large part of your day inside, though, so the indoor air quality should be a top priority for you. Most people don’t realize how dirty the air in their home actually is, and never take steps to clean it up.
In this guide, we’ll give you ten easy tips on how to get clean air in your house.
How Dirty is Your Air?
Chances are, the air in your home is worse off than the air outside. The term “fresh air” is very much applicable here, especially if you spend the bulk of your time inside.
There are all kinds of indoor air pollutants you might not think about. Dust, bacteria, new furniture, cooking oils, and everything in between release pollutants that jeopardize the indoor air quality and – in turn – your health. Just using a computer in an unventilated room can release pollutants that can become dangerous over time.
You might think that something like an air freshener will help clean the air for you. After all, it can get rid of some of the smell. The advertisements for these products will even show air sprays trapping and eliminating some pollutants as they do their work.
Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Most air fresheners add to the indoor pollution rather than eliminate it.
The good news is that there are a few steps you can take to truly have clean air in your home. Ahead, we’ll take a look at some of the easiest and most effective ways to clean the air in your house or apartment and begin to reverse the effects of indoor air pollution.
Open the Windows
This tip is a bit more difficult to comply with if you live in the northern part of the country. It’s cold in the winter and heating costs are high. You probably won’t want to sit with the window open for five to ten minutes a day, but it can drastically improve the indoor air quality.
Those who live in the city might not have the cleanest air outside either, but more often than not the burst of fresh air from outside will help improve the air inside. It will help recycle the same air that’s been sitting in your house or apartment for days or even weeks at a time.
This is the easiest clean air tip we can give you and is the cheapest one if the season is right.
Don’t Smoke Indoors
The first tip is an easy one, but it’s nonetheless one that a lot of people disregard – especially if you own your own home. Smoking is bad for you, but everyone knows that at this point. If you’re still smoking, fine, but you shouldn’t be doing it in your house.
Not only are you causing damage to the interior of your home, but you’re also allowing the smoke to fester and harming anyone else who lives with you. You’re also prolonging the damage smoking is doing to your body by keeping the smoke inside rather than letting it go into the air.
Smoking indoors can be attractive if you live in a cold weather climate. Think of this as another reason to cut-down or stop. Force yourself to go outside in the winter and shiver while you smoke. That’s just another reason to quit smoking – it’s too cold outside.
Buy a Houseplant or Two
Houseplants do wonders for both the aesthetic of your home as well as improving the air quality. Plants clean the air around them, which is why they’re some of our greatest allies in combating global warming across the planet.
The same is true for clean air in the home. Adding two or three plants to a house can transform the toxic air you’ve been breathing into a clean, natural environment that is much safer than it was before you added plants.
There are several plants that are easy to maintain, require minimal sunlight, live year-round, and help improve the quality of the air. Spider plants are one common example of easy houseplants to care for.
Aloe vera is another plant that requires minimal maintenance and has healing properties outside adding to the clean air in your home. There are countless houseplant options here. They can bring the look of a room together and help improve the air quality at the same time.
Leave Your Shoes at the Door
Your parents likely raised you to take your shoes off at the door, but once you’re out on your own, you can do whatever you want. Sure, you might have to vacuum a bit more often, but what’s the problem with walking around with shoes on once in a while.
Well, you could actually be harming the air quality of your house or apartment if you keep your shoes on after going outside. There are all kinds of bacteria, allergens, and other little invisible invaders that will find their way inside your home on the bottom of your feet.
Walking around with your shoes on kicks these pests into the air, and they will sit there until you purify your home with some of the methods we mention in this list. It’s better to take your shoes off right when you get in the door to minimize the problems they create.
Essential Oil Diffusers
Essential oils are becoming more and more popular for several natural, at-home remedies, including being used as a diffuser to clean the air in your house. Certain essential oils – tea tree oil and rosemary for example – can help eliminate airborne bacteria in your home.
Some essential oils will even help kill dust mites. You can combine these oils for potent mixtures, but we suggest talking to a professional before you try. Essential oils, while natural, can be potent if you don’t use them appropriately.
Buy an Air Purifier
Air purifiers are easy to find and effective. They work just as their name suggests. These devices purify the air and make it easier to breathe in a particular room.
It’s best to set up an air purifier in your bedroom since this is likely the place where you spend most of your time. You’re breathing heavily when you sleep, and any bacteria or dust in the air will make its way into your lungs and body.
Take a look at some air purifiers with EPA-certified filters. These are the best options and provide excellent results.
Mold is one of the silent killers in the domesticated world. This is a living organism and releases spores into our indoor air that will circulate and trigger allergies in certain people. Even those who aren’t allergic can begin to develop symptoms from breathing in the mold for too long.
Mold loves to form in damp, dark places. You can find it hiding in your bathroom, laundry room, and basement if you have one. Certain types of mold require professional intervention, but not all kinds. In fact, you can deal with some common mold types without too much of a fuss.
Solutions like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and essential oils will tackle your mold problem for you in a lot of cases, so you don’t have to worry about an expensive mold-extraction job.
Allow New Items to Air Out
There are all kinds of volatile compounds in new furniture, shower curtains, and other household items. Opening them inside and immediately setting them up will release these compounds into the air and add to the indoor air pollution in your home.
The glue and fabric contain these volatile compounds and can sometimes give you a headache as soon as you take them out of the packaging. They help to keep them clean and new during storage and transport, but they’re not fir for your home.
You can let smaller items like shower curtains relieve these compounds outside. For bigger things like couches and chairs, you might just need to set them up in a well-ventilated room to allow the fumes to dissipate. Those who have a garage would do well to let them sit out there for a few hours.
Keeping Your Indoor Air Clean
Most people worry about the pollution of the air outside there home but fail to think about all of the pollutants on the inside. This dirty air can be even more dangerous to your health since you likely spend the bulk of your day indoors.
These tips can help you get rid of the harmful air that is currently sitting in your home and prevent it from coming back. Let us know if you have any other ideas. We’re always looking for a way to improve air quality inside!