It’s easy to ignore problems we can’t see, right?
We don’t see what’s in our air, so often times we don’t even think about what it could be doing to our health. But the reality is – poor indoor air quality does have significant impacts on our health, and it’s a problem we can’t afford to ignore. Since we spend 93% percent of our lives indoors, in buildings or inside vehicles, it’s important to acknowledge and address the quality of the air inside our homes.
Here are 10 simple ways to improve your air and make sure your family is breathing clean, healthy air.
Decorating your home with houseplants does more for your space than make it more inviting. Indoor plants have the ability to remove pollutants from the air by absorbing gases through their leaves. This facilitates photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light energy and carbon dioxide into chemical energy for growth. Scientific studies on the air-purification capacities of indoor plants have shown that plants can absorb many other gases in addition to carbon dioxide, including a long list of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Examples of these VOCs include Benzene (found in some plastics, pesticides and cigarette smoke) and formaldehyde (found in some cosmetics, detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner) are examples of common indoor VOCs that plants can help eliminate. VOCs have been linked to conditions like asthma and chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.
So we give houseplants a big [green] thumbs up for their air-improving abilities! Check out this list of houseplants that are great for air purification.
2. OPEN WINDOWS
This is the simplest and cheapest thing you can do to improve your indoor air quality. Even opening your windows for just five minutes a day will help alleviate the accumulation of harmful pollutants in your home’s air. Even in the cold winter months (when germs tend to spread the easiest), it’s important to spend time outdoors or let in some fresh air for a few minutes when you can!
3. USE A FILTERING WINDOW FAN
While opening a window is helpful, using a window fan that brings in fresh, outside air while also FILTERING outdoor irritants like pollen, smog, and mold spores is the absolute best way to improve indoor air quality. Simply opening a window without filtering the air can be tough for those who suffer from allergies and respiratory issues like asthma. The Cape BreeZ economizer window fan is the only fan that provides the benefits of opening a window without introducing particles from outside.
4. GROOM YOUR CRITTERS
We love our furry friends, but millions of adults and children suffer from health issues caused by pet dander. Homes with pets are filled with pet dander, which are tiny particles of skin that have been shed from pets with fur or feathers. Even more than pet fur, dander can cause you to develop asthma-like symptoms or exacerbate your asthma if it already exists. If you have a cat or dog allergy, your body’s immune system reacts to proteins in the pet’s dander, urine and saliva. The Cape BreeZ helps relieve allergies caused by pet dander by circulating fresh, clean air into your space. You can minimize the pet dander in your home by cleaning your critters regularly. Brush them outside, if possible, and vacuum regularly.
5. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CLEANERS
Cleaning your home with nontoxic chemicals is huge step toward a healthier home. Particles from your cleaners linger in the air and on surfaces a lot longer than you’d expect, and many common, store-bought household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can cause eye, nose, throat and lung irritation. According to a study made by The Environmental Working Group (EWG), 53 percent of cleaning products under review contained lung-harming ingredients. In addition, well-known carcinogens like formaldehyde and chloroform were found in many popular cleaners. Consider making your own household cleaners using cheap, simple ingredients such as baking soda, citrus juice, vinegar or essential oils. An array of recipes can be found right here. If you don’t have the time to make your own, opt for purchasing an effective, natural product like Thieves Household Cleaner or visit the EWG website for an extensive list of healthy cleaners.