10 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality!
We all spend a pretty large amount of time inside. It’s where we sleep, eat, and relax. Have you ever thought about your home’s indoor air quality? If you have little ones you might be more concerned about this topic than you used to be before having kids. You want your children to live in the safest and healthiest environment possible, and their air quality is a huge factor in that.
Poor indoor air quality can lead to various short and long-term health effects. Headaches, irritation of the throat, lungs, eyes, and nose, and fatigue are just some of these short-term effects. Excess moisture has been linked to long-term issues such as Asthma and more. Luckily, there are many ways that you can improve your home’s air quality.
Here are ten ideas of how you can get started on improving your home’s indoor air quality.
1. Air Purifier
Purchasing an air Purifier is a great investment for your home, especially if your little one has allergies or asthma. Air purifiers are known to help remove allergy and asthma triggers in the home. Air purifiers remove harmful particles in your homes air, such as bacteria, viruses, allergens, dust, and more.
Dehumidifiers are great at removing moisture in your home. Too much moisture can lead to mold, which can be harmful to breath in. Another way to help with moisture is have proper ventilation. Dehumidifiers work wonderfully though. You might be surprised at how much water one collects in your home.
3. Ditch the Fake Plants for Real Plants
Fake plants, along with things like heavy drapes and old rugs, can all store a lot of dust. Incorporating real plants into your home, such as a Areca Palm plant, will not only be great for decorative purposes, but also work as an air purifier eliminating toxins from your home.
4. Replace Air Fresheners and Perfumes With an Oil Diffuser
Oil Diffusers are a great way to purify the air and reduce mold, all while making your home smell great without having to use artificial air fresheners. Make sure when you are purchasing the oils for your diffusers you are doing your research and getting good quality oils.
5. Don’t Allow Anyone to Smoke Inside
Secondhand smoke is awful for people, especially children who are still developing. The EPA reports, “Secondhand smoke causes cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), lung cancer, sudden infant death syndrome, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, and other serious health problems. Several landmark health assessments regarding secondhand smoke have been conducted.” Always have any smokers do it outside your home.
6. Invest in VOC-Free Paint
VOC stands for volatile organic compound. VOCs are in many paints sold today. It is important to go for low or even free of VOC paint. The reason being because the VOCs are a contributor to many health problems when inhaled, such as headaches and nausea, or even more severe issues such as damage to things such as the central nervous system, liver, and more. Always try to get paints with low VOCs or none at all to limit toxicity in your home. Some VOC-free paints include Behr and Sherwin Williams.
Speaking of VOCs, new furniture, clothes, and even electronic contain VOCs. Off-gassing the process of these items releasing the VOCs. It is important to let things like new furniture, air out before using them. Things like mattresses and particleboard furniture tend to contain more VOCs than most items. Having an air purifier will helps with this off gassing process.
8. Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
You can either make your own or purchase non-toxic cleaning products. Seventh Generation makes some great cleaning products that are safe to use on surfaces for you and your child.
9. Proper Ventilation
Always open windows when the weather allows it. Having your doors and window shut all the time leads to indoor air pollutants to build up. Allowing for window to be open will let air flow through your home and not have the toxic load in your home build up to an unhealthy level.
10. Keep a Clean Home
One thing any of us can do is keep a clean home. It doesn’t need to be spotless, but picked up and dusted make a huge difference. Keeping the floors clean by vacuuming and mopping will keep pet dander and dust at bay so you are not breathing it in.
Do you have any other tips for good indoor air quality that you use in your home? Feel free to share!