The quality of your indoor air is important to your overall health. A survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Americans aged 15 and above spend around 15 hours on activities done at home such as sleeping, doing chores, eating, leisure and others. And because you are spending long hours at home, the quality of air you breathe while inside your home does matter.
There are many diseases that can be triggered by poor air quality. One of them is asthma. To avoid suffering from these health problems, here are some simple things that can help maintain good indoor air quality:
1. Keep your HVAC well-maintained.
If your ducts already look dirty, they surely are. And that would be a good time to call a certified technician to clean your HVAC system. Having a clean and well-maintained HVAC does not only offer quality indoor air but it also helps your HVAC function more efficiently and effectively.
Additionally, you should also clean or replace your air conditioning filters and furnace filter at least every month.
2. Have ventilation in all parts of your home.
Ventilation is important so that there is a good flow of air inside and outside your home. One way to allow ventilation is to open your window from time to time. That is provided that you live in a neighborhood where the quality of air is still good. In the bathroom, you can enable ventilation by turning on the exhaust fan so that dust will not remain inside. Additionally, make sure that your air vents outside your house are not blocked by dirt or leaves.
3. Use natural house cleaners.
Many homes use commercial cleaners for general cleaning purposes such as cleaning the floor and removing stains and molds from tiles and surfaces and for cleaning windows. Most commercial cleaners are toxic and they emit harmful substances in the air that can linger for several minutes to hours. Avoid using these products. Instead, make your own cleaner out of baking soda, vinegar or lemon, which are also effective as cleaners and disinfectants. You can find simple recipes online.
4. Eliminate molds.
Molds are considered to be the worst contaminant of indoor air quality. When you already have homemade cleaners, your first priority should be to eliminate them. They are normally found in moist areas with poor ventilation such as the bathroom and some parts of the kitchen.
5. Decorate with indoor plants that can help purify the air.
There are certain indoor plants that are known for their air-purifying capabilities. They include dendrobium and palms. Palms are effective in absorbing formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene in the air. These plants are easy to grow and maintain. Aside from helping maintain quality indoor air, indoor plants make a natural decoration.
Maintaining high quality indoor air is important to avoid air-borne diseases and allergies which can be triggered by dust and polluted air. The tips mentioned above are just some of the simple ways that you can do to ensure good air quality inside your home