Natural Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Home
Quick Tips to Naturally Improve Air Quality in Your Home
Naturally improving indoor air quality is beneficial in more ways than one. Anything you can do to improve the quality of the air you breathe will help you feel better, breathe easier and contribute to getting a good night’s sleep.
Modern day houses are built to be energy-efficient but this also means they are airtight and often don’t allow for the natural flow of outside air. This is in direct contrast to older homes with their drafty windows and doors. Whether it’s a single room, your office, or your entire home; the lack of fresh air circulation means the air eventually becomes stale, dusty, and believe it or not, riddled with germs and bacteria.
Another bad thing that tends to happen in stuffy homes is the growth of mildew, which can happen in both cooler damp places or hot and humid climates. No worries! We are going to share some natural ways to tackle these issues before they even happen.
Mold, bacteria, air contaminants, dust and more all cause indoor air pollution. There are plants that can be used to cleanse the air and improve the quality. Plants do a great job of absorbing the carbon dioxide we breathe out, processing it, then releasing it back out as oxygen.
Spider plants are easy to grow even for beginners. They don’t need too much watering or pruning making them a good option for grow inside your home or apartment. The peace lily is beautiful, fragrant, and has the ability to remove formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene from the air. Another good plant that you can grow indoors is the bamboo palm. It removes the same toxins as the peace lily, as well as, trichloroethylene.
Read our companion article, Top 8 Indoor Plants to Improve Air Quality, for many more great plants that help to remove pollutants and toxins from the air.
Using a diffuser and the right essential oils provide an amazingly scented house, clean air, and the healing properties provided through aromatherapy. There are over 20 types of essential oils derived from plants that naturally purify and cleanse the air that can be used with an aromatherapy diffuser.
Spearmint, eucalyptus, and lavender are all great choices. Eucalyptus is extremely effective at cleansing the air of toxins and pollutants that can cause respiratory diseases. Lavender is great for stress relief, cleansing the air, and helps anyone with a cold, the flu, allergies, or migraines feel better.
If you’re not interested in growing houseplants, or maybe you already have a few growing indoors but want an added boost of comfort, you could always use an air purifier. Air purifiers are an important step towards improving the quality of air inside your home. Their air clean properties include the ability to remove pollen, dust, smoke, airborne pollutants and allergens out of the air. It is good to invest in an energy efficient model that has adjustable settings and comes with an easy to clean, permanent filter.
Using fans and humidifiers throughout your home are two other ways to increase indoor air quality. Proper circulation is one of the main things you need to pay attention to when trying to improve the air quality in your home. If you are using plants and diffusers indoors this will help, but leaving the house all closed up or without some sort of breeze makes it stuffy.
Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom will help suck some of the air out of your home, and if you have an attic it might be a good idea to have an air vent and a small ceiling fan installed as well. Circulating the air in your home with fans will keep your home cool and comfy all summer long.
If you live in a dry climate a humidifier will help put some moisture back into the air. If you or one of your loved ones is dealing with dry lips, skin, nose, or throats this little machine could be a big help. Breathing in air that’s too dry can cause damage to your body just as does breathing in air that’s too damp. Humidifiers will help where it is too dry and dehumidifiers will help where it is too damp. It can really help create a balance in your indoor environment.
Using fans and humidifiers to increase indoor air quality are two good options for improving indoor air circulation. A combination of all of the tips and tricks you’ve learned here can be used to improve the quality of air in your home. We hope you found these natural ways to improve indoor air quality at home helpful.
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