Did you know your indoor air can be significantly more toxic than the air outside? This is because the same stale air circulates throughout your living space over and over again. You may be surprised to know that even indoor air can be polluted, sometimes more so than outdoor air. It’s appalling, really. We go for regular health check-ups, pop pills on a daily basis, stress over allergies, but neglect the most basic thing there is – the quality of the air we breathe 24/7. Everything from the mattresses we sleep on to our kids’ pajamas can contain harmful chemicals and toxins. If you think spraying scented air freshener will clean your air, think again. That scent is a form of indoor air pollution, and most air fresheners just release more potentially harmful chemicals into your home. Thankfully, you can achieve cleaner indoor air without much difficulty if you follow these steps.
Replace your Whole House HVAC Filter with a HEPA Rated Replacement Filter
Use better quality air filters. Cheap fiberglass filters will do nothing for your indoor air quality. This way your recycled air will be less toxic and will be easier to purify. By the way, HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. Basically, it is a medical facility grade filter with an extremely fine sifting capability. It is often used in hospitals, aircraft, and other places where the clean and healthy air is mandatory.
Repair any leaks and replace damaged drywall
Humidity and moisture are the perfect breeding grounds for mildew and mold. You can help prevent mildew and mold in your home by controlling the humidity level and reducing moisture. The EPA recommends keeping the humidity inside your home between 30 and 60%.
Spruce up your décor with houseplants
Having indoor houseplants can help improve indoor air quality, according to a study published by the American Society for Horticultural Science. For example, spider plants are effective at reducing benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
Install a bathroom or kitchen ventilation system where moisture and stale air are exhausted outside. Ask your HVAC provider about installing a whole-house ventilation system that exhausts stale air and brings in the fresh air.
Consider Replacing your Carpet with Hardwood or Pergo Flooring
This is obviously a costly and more aggressive option, but you would notice the difference immediately. This is especially helpful for people who have asthma since carpeting harbors dust, dander, and bacteria.
An odorless, colorless gas that nonetheless has a quite serious impact in some areas of the country, purchasing a radon detector is a quick, easy way of ensuring that your home is free of this gas. It particularly affects basements and other more humid areas.
In the presence of essential oils like cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, grapefruit lemon, clove, tea tree – viruses, fungi, bacteria, and even mold cannot survive. Studies from Weber State University show that Thieves Oil has a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria. It is an antiseptic blend of pure essential oils including pine needle, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, lemon and grapefruit which helps keep the home free from germs and purifies the air. You can add it to soaps and detergents to breathe fresher, cleaner air.
Keeping your family healthy is a goal that is often thwarted because of hidden health risks found in your own home. Dust, dirt and other pollutants that circulate through your home can hurt the health of you and your family, so it is important to be proactive about keeping the air clean and pollutant-free to create a healthy home. Take these simple steps to keep irritants out of your airways, which can help stop trouble before it gets started. So what can you do to prevent indoor air pollution?