For the sake of your health and comfort, it’s important to maintain the clean air quality in your home. Whether you suffer from allergies or just want to ensure that dust, pollen, mold, and other contaminants don’t interfere with the health of your family and pets, there are some simple steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home. We’ll go over why having clean air is so important and some simple steps you can take to get started improving the air quality in your home today!
WHAT ARE INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS?
Indoor air pollutants are chemicals and particles that can be found in your home, office, or other indoor environments. It’s important to know what some of these pollutants are and how they can affect you.
Some of these pollutants may cause health issues such as sore throats, coughing, nausea, and trouble breathing. Children, pregnant women, and elderly people may be especially susceptible to these effects because they have weaker immune systems. People with heart disease or lung disease may also feel an increased impact from exposure to air pollutants.
CAUSES OF BAD AIR QUALITY
There are many factors that affect air quality—including temperature and humidity levels, activities taking place in a building (i.e., cooking), ventilation, interior design choices, infiltration of outside air into a building, lighting levels, use of cleaning products/air fresheners/candles/vaporizers. It is possible for buildings to end up with unhealthy amounts of contaminants from day-to-day activities.
Most of us know that living or working in a space with poor air quality can be hazardous to our health. However, we don’t always realize just how much we are exposing ourselves and our families to by breathing these dirty air pollutants into our lungs. Here are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to poor air quality:
- Household cleaners, specifically those that contain harsh chemicals.
- Cigarette smoke.
- Indoor allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, etc.
- Outdoors pollutants that infiltrate through air vents or open windows/doors.
- Food odors from cooking in a poorly ventilated kitchen.
- Formaldehyde and other building materials or chemicals used in furniture and cabinetry that off-gas into your indoor air.
- Air conditioning systems that are old and leaking.
- Chemical air fresheners/vaporizers/candles.
- Stagnant indoor air, or rooms in your home with no ventilation (like a pantry or closet).
LESSENING THE USE OF CHEMICALS IN YOUR HOME
Many conventional cleaning products and air fresheners are full of chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family's health. Reducing your chemical intake will help improve overall health, and lower exposure to potentially dangerous toxins in everyday life.
Start by trying healthier and more natural alternatives to cleaning products. Baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, tea tree oil, and castile soap are all great ways to clean various surfaces around your home without exposing yourself or your family to harmful chemicals. Many of these options can be purchased at your local supermarket for a reasonable price. If you are set on using traditional cleaning products, make sure to keep the space well-ventilated. And avoid inhaling any fumes produced by chemical cleaners; instead, open up windows and doors that provide an outlet for fresh air.
You can utilize soy-based essential oil candles as an alternative to conventional aerosol air fresheners to lessen the number of chemicals in your home's air. Or you can try a diffuser and choose any essential oil that you would like to fully customize the scent.
IMPROVING AIR QUALITY WITH NATURAL PLANTS
Plants that help cleanse your home of harmful toxins and pollutants are inexpensive and easy to find. You don’t need an air purifier when you can simply put a few plants around your house. There are many sources with detailed information on which plants help with specific issues, as well as step-by-step instructions for setting up an air-purifying garden in your own home. Not only will it improve air quality—it will add a little green to your interior décor.
Some of our favorite sources for air-purifying plants:
Some of the top plants that improve indoor air quality in your home include:
- Peace Lilies
- Snake Plants
- Spider Plants
- English Ivy
IMPROVING AIR QUALITY WITH AIR PURIFIERS
For those who want to improve their home’s air quality without giving up on all of their technology, an air purifier may be a perfect fit. With these devices, you can enjoy crisp air without sacrificing your smartphone, television, or computer. Find out how these devices work and what factors you should consider when choosing one for your home.
Air purifiers use filters to capture particles and other irritants while releasing breathable air into homes. There are several different designs for these devices so you can choose something based on its appearance as well as its effectiveness at improving air quality.
IMPROVING AIR QUALITY WITH HUMIDIFIERS
Depending on the state of your home's air, you can buy a dehumidifier or humidifier to suit your needs.
Humidifiers are beneficial in areas with low humidity; they add moisture to dry spaces which can help skin ailments and other respiratory issues. These machines will collect dirt and bacteria as they work which is why it is important to clean them regularly with vinegar water solutions so that they stay clean and free from pollutants like dust and dander.
Dehumidifiers are beneficial in areas with high humidity levels such as kitchens and bathrooms; these machines remove excess moisture from these spaces which keeps mold, mildew, fungus, and mildew at bay.
IMPROVING AIR QUALITY WITH DIFFUSERS
Diffusers are used to improve air quality by adding healthy scents to rooms. There are several different types of diffusers, including ultrasonic and nebulizing varieties. Adding scent is a popular way to make homes feel more inviting; they also utilize essential oils instead of artificial fragrances and chemicals to boost your home's scent.
There are a variety of essential oils that can be used with these machines; some scents work better than others depending on what you hope to achieve with your diffuser. Citrus oils and lighter floral fragrances are good for adding a freshening effect to your space; warm, earthy oils like jasmine and vanilla or spicy varieties like cinnamon and clove add an inviting scent to your space.
KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
If you’re trying to improve air quality in your home, it’s important to focus on reducing contaminants that cause indoor air pollution—including dust, pollen, pet dander, and dirt. Hiring a professional cleaning service to clean your home, you can guarantee that they clean air pollutants like dust and dirt thoroughly. This will significantly improve the air quality in your home and keep your family healthier over time.
Call Beyond Expectations Cleaning Professionals today at (912) 230-4990 or visit www.b-expectatons.com to start improving your air quality and have a spotless home!
Beyond Expectations serves the Glynn County, Georgia area, including Brunswick, Saint Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island.