Good air quality in your home is one of the major factors that contribute to the overall health of all family members and it can be easily improved in various ways. Essentially, it comes down to keeping the bad influences out and the good ones in throughout the entire home, from the attic to the basement and crawl spaces.
Main causes of poor indoor air quality are mold, particulates and chemicals. The latter two are released by furniture, household cleaners and building materials, and are known to be causes of allergies, respiratory problems, headaches and even severe organ damage in extreme cases. Mold is another widespread contributor to allergies and asthma. It thrives in moist environments and spreads quickly, especially in homes that are designed to seal in heat or cold air and regulate indoor temperature. Mold grows quickly in an environment without natural airflow.
Here are several eco-friendly and cost-effective ways to improve your indoor air quality.
Limited sources of pollution
The quickest solution is to adopt the habit of regularly cleaning your house. Dust and dirt accumulate daily on all surfaces and the particulates that they contain are the ones that trigger allergies and weaken the immune system. By keeping your home clean, you will help reduce the presence of irritants and allergens.
Another important factor is to be more eco-conscious when it comes to cleaning. Give up the harsh and abrasive cleaners and cut back on chemicals. A lot of chemicals linger in the air long after the cleaning has been done. Nowadays, there are many natural alternatives available instead of bleach and ammonia-based cleaning products.
The final pollutant that you can easily limit or completely eliminate is cigarette smoke. Tobacco smoke is known to contain more than 200 cancer-related toxins, including carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It contributes significantly to pneumonia, asthma and infections of the lower respiratory system, especially in children.
Improved ventilation and humidity control
Poor ventilation also leads to high accumulation of harmful particles in the air and it prevents the natural airflow in the house. The result is a high level of humidity that enables mold growth and increases the concentration of air pollutants. This means that all family members spend a lot of their time exposed to harmful influences as they go about their daily lives eating, sleeping, watching TV or working around the house. Therefore, whenever the weather allows it, open your windows to let the fresh air in and stuffy, stagnant air out.
If your budget allows it, invest into a good humidity control system that will help a great deal in regulating humidity levels in your home, especially if you opt for a house-wide system. This will include those most sensitive areas of your home, such as the attic, basement and bathrooms, and it’ll make your home more comfortable with clean air, as well less prone to mold and other airborne toxins.
One more option that you can go for is an air purification system that will mechanically purify your indoor air. However, if this investment proves too much for you, there are simpler solutions. Try using aromatherapy. Its benefits are not just a beautiful scent that permeates the house, but it’s also been proven to reduce stress and improve mood. And more importantly, essential oils, such as lemon, peppermint and tea tree, have antifungal and antibacterial properties.
In addition to essential oils, another way to kill air pathogens is to install a high-quality UV lamp that can be very effective in fighting viruses and bacteria, maintaining infection control and keeping your water hygiene at the highest level.
As the last resource, consider adding plants that are known air purifiers, such as the peace lily. They act as natural air filters and help eliminate harmful toxins in addition to producing oxygen.
These eco-friendly tips will help you breathe more easily and improve your indoor quality without having to live in a bubble or spending heaps of money. Knowing the enormous health benefits of clean indoor air, it’s clearly worth the effort.