The quality of the air we breathe in every day can have a massive impact on our health, whether we’re sitting indoors or outside. In fact, studies have shown that poor air quality can actually lead to diseases such as heart disease, lung cancer and strokes. Often the air inside the home can be more polluted than the air outside, thanks to cleaning materials, chemicals and sprays as well as dust mites and malfunctioning appliances. Luckily, there are some ways to purify the air to improve your health.
Open the Windows
The simplest and cheapest option for purifying the air and improving the air quality of your home. Even if it’s just for five minutes a day, letting fresh air into your home will help to alleviate the accumulation of toxic pollutants in the air.
Run the Air Conditioner
If you have air conditioning in your home, you are lucky enough to have an entire air filtration system at your disposal. Air conditioners work by pulling the air out of your house, cooling it and then pumping it back throughout your property. These units typically have a filter which traps harmful pollutants and particles, so if you can change this regularly with a new air filter from your local hardware store it will keep your air cleaner for longer.
Mould releases fungal spores into the air which can worsen allergies and make the symptoms worse. Areas of the home such as bathrooms and laundry rooms which are prone to damp are more likely to develop mould. But if you can keep these spores at bay by keeping these rooms dry and aired out regularly, these spores won’t develop as quickly.
Use an Air Purifier
Air purifiers are an effective way to keep the harmful particles in the air at bay, but they’re especially key if you or your family members suffer from asthma or have dust allergies. There are several on the market to suit all different budgets or spaces.
Keep Your Pets Groomed
Pet dander such as hair and skin cells are deposited everywhere in your home when you have a pet. But more than just fur, dander can actually lead to asthma-like symptoms and make symptoms worse if you or your family members already suffer with it. If you have pets, the best course of action is to keep them brushed and groomed on a regular basis and to brush them outdoors if you can to keep the amount of fur indoors to a minimum. Vacuum on a regular basis to keep the dander to a minimum too.
Add Plants to Your Décor
Many people don’t realise that certain house plants can actually improve the quality of the air in your home. For example, having a spider plant can effectively reduce formaldehyde and carbon monoxide in your home. Chrysanthemums, meanwhile, are more than just a colourful flower – they can filter out benzene which is commonly found in plastics, paint and detergent. If you want a natural way of keeping pollutants to a minimum, plants are the perfect solution.