5 Smart Ways to Purify Your Air At Home
When we talk about protecting our children from pollution, most of us think about vehicle emissions and industrial smokestacks. But have you ever stopped to consider how safe is the air in your home?
Everything from carpets and cleaning products to kids’ clothing can contain harmful chemicals. In fact, the EPA estimates that the level of indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher than the pollution level outdoors, and ranks it among the top five environmental health risks.
Your visibly safe and happy home might be exposing your family to a huge range of harmful pollutants, which are negatively affecting their health. Allergies, asthma, respiratory symptoms, even lung disease, heart disease and cancer have been linked to household pollutants.
By taking a few simple steps, you can reduce the risks to your family and improve the quality of the air in your home.
Normal, daily household activities like cooking and washing produce water vapor and increase the risk of damp and mold.
Opening a window might seem like the obvious first step, but installing trickle vents and exhaust fans can also be effective, and won’t let outdoor pollutants inside. Don’t underestimate the value of regular HVAC tuneups and repairs – a well-serviced system runs more efficiently and clears the air better. It will also save you money in the long-term.
Get Rid of the Source
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Smoking inside, a build-up of dust, excessive moisture, and the use of chemical products like paint and detergents, are some of the most common causes of indoor air pollution, so try to eliminate as many as possible.
Vacuum frequently and swap chemical-laden household items for all-natural alternatives. Also be sure to check your roof, foundation, and basement once a year to catch leaks or moisture problems before mold and mildew develop.
Add House Plants
Indoor plants do more than look good – they also filter toxins from the air. Scientists from NASA have been studying how plants can clean the air on space stations for years and the results are impressive. Adding a few plants can not only freshen up the space, but help you feel better, too.
Burn Beeswax Candles
We all need a moment to unwind and burning candles can create the perfect ambiance for just that. But did you know that paraffin candles release nasty petroleum byproducts into the air? Beeswax burns clean and, in addition, ionizes air to neutralize toxic compounds, meaning you can truly kick back and relax.
Use Indoor Air Filters
The importance of clean air in the home can’t be overstated, and while small adjustments do make a difference, nothing beats total peace of mind.
But you don’t want to invest money in a problem that doesn’t exist, consult an air quality specialist who can test your indoor air and recommend the right purification system, such as a dehumidifier or whole house purifier, to suit your needs.
The first step to combating indoor pollution is understanding what it is and how it can affect you. A few smart moves are all it takes to ensure you and your family can breathe easier.