Air pollution is an international concern. While you might think it just refers to the thick, dark cloud of smog floating atop a factory or the exhaust from a truck driving down the highway, it is also important to consider the air in your home. If you are aware and proactive, it is possible to improve your indoor air quality, making the air you breathe everyday fresher, cleaner, and healthier for your overall well-being.
According to the EPA definition, indoor air quality (IAQ) is the condition of air "within and around buildings and structures" and how it affects the "health and comfort of building occupants." This can refer to the air in your home or office, at an event space or restaurant, or anywhere else you reside permanently or temporarily.
Everything that enters your house influences the air you breathe. Here are some of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality:
You now have a better understanding of what is causing your indoor air quality to suffer and why it is important to care for the air in your space. Below are a few easy solutions for indoor air pollution.
Add live plants – Adding live plants to your home is always a good idea when it comes to enhancing the quality of air in your space. Spider plants, for instance, are non-toxic to common household pets and humans and are quite easy to grow. Scroll down for a more extensive list of indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins.
Open your windows – By opening your windows periodically, you let fresh air flow in and out of your home. This can be done before you turn on your AC unit.
Properly ventilate – If you absolutely must use chemicals in your household, ensure the space you're in is properly ventilated. But it's more effective to switch your chemical cleaning agents for more natural options. White vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice are all excellent cleaning agents – and all-natural.
Use an air purifier – Using an air purifier is an excellent way to get rid of contaminants in the air. This instrument is usually recommended for those with respiratory ailments. However, it's meant for small spaces, not the entire household. Most users place theirs in their bedrooms and living rooms for optimal use and efficiency.
Change your air filters – Air filters are vital to your indoor air quality, too. If you have pets or smoke indoors, changing these air filters as often as once a month – depending on a few factors – will help moderate dander, smoke particles, and pollen inside your home. Choosing the right air filter for allergy season is important, as it can help you breathe more easily.
As mentioned above, certain plants can influence the condition of the air in your home. If you are looking to use this method to improve your indoor air quality, you might want to consider the following plants:
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