5 Tips to Improve Air Quality of Your Home and Office
Indoor air quality plays a very important role when it comes to your family heath. Proper Hygienic air is one of the most important thing to keep you healthy and improve your stamina and strength. Here are a few tips I would love to share with you to improve your Indoor air quality of your home with a few changes here and there in your home. They are not so much costly.
1 – Place an air-filtering plant in your home:
Since 1989 and the NASA Clean Air Study we know that – to some extent – some houseplants can be used to eliminate toxic agents such as benzene, trichlorethylene and formaldehyde from indoor air. In a combined effort, their foliage and roots absorb certain VOCs. Note that these plants’ pollutant removal rate is small, which means there’s no way they could capture all the pollution.
- Get an English ivy (Hedera helix) or a Variegated snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’), which share the same pollutant-blocking skills. They are great to filter out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
- Get a Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) or a Florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium). These two are even more effective: they filter out all of the above, as well as ammonia! Be careful not to ingest either the English ivy’s or the Peace lily’s leaves and berries, as they are toxic.
2 – Clean Sweep:
Though it’s tempting to put off chores, it’s important to clean regularly to reduce allergens and irritants. Dust with a damp cloth rather than a feather duster — and don’t forget hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fans and the top of the refrigerator.
To avoid potentially harmful vapors, purchase nontoxic, nonaerosol, unscented cleaning products (or make your own using household products). And use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for the best results.
3 – Tell smokers to light up outside:
Did you know that the smoke you exhale after taking a drag on a cigarette contains more than 4,000 different chemicals? In fact, there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. Of course, the best option is always to stop smoking. But if you are not ready to do it and you are nonetheless concerned about the quality of the air inside your house, you should step outside.
4 – Avoid Synthetic Scents:
Air fresheners, cleaning supplies and other scented products can contribute to indoor air pollution. Read labels and find products without toxic chemicals and synthetic “fragrance.”
5 – Buy indoor plants to freshen the air:
Certain plants can actually filter out common volatile organic compounds that can cause adverse health effects. In the late 1980s, NASA conducted a study with the Associated Contractors of America to determine which indoor plants were the most effective at improving indoor air quality.
- Some of these air-cleaning plants include:
- Aloe plants (aloe vera)
- Spider plants (chlorophytum comosum)
- Gerber daisies (gerbera jamesonii)
- Chrysanthemums (chrysantheium morifolium)
- Ficus, weeping fig (ficus benjamina)
- Azaleas (rhododendron simsii)
- English ivy (hedera helix)
Some plants might be dangerous to house pets, so be sure to check the toxicity before adding them to your home.
While you can’t control the outdoor air quality, these simple steps can help to improve your indoor air quality and keep you breathing easy this spring season.