Ways to Clean the Air in Your Home
Because today’s homes are more well-built with tighter seals to keep them energy efficient and comfortable, it’s easier for air contaminates to get inside than to be removed. And poor-quality air that wouldn’t be so noticeable out-of-doors is more problematic in its concentrated form inside. Keep the air in your home clean and healthy by implementing these tips.
Air purification systems
The most efficient method to enjoy clean air is with a whole-house purification system that is tied to the heating and cooling unit. Portable freestanding air purifiers are another way to freshen stale air in specific areas of your home. It’s important to monitor and clean or replace the filters used in these systems to keep them working effectively.
Circulating fresh air into your home by opening a couple windows is an easy way to get some clean air right away. Even on chilly days, a few minutes’ worth of outside air helps freshen stuffy rooms. Another easy solution is to turn on ceiling fans. It’s amazing how fast fan blades can get dusty and grimy, though, so be sure to keep them clean so you’re not adding more contaminates to the air. Grooming pets regularly helps keep down the dander floating around the house. And turn on the kitchen and bathroom vents when using those rooms to help minimize humidity from showers and cooking.
Natural air cleaners
Go green with nontoxic cleaning methods to help minimize the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. These common chemical pollutants are produced from cleaning solutions and aerosols, glues, paint and other household products. Safer items like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can just as adequately meet your cleaning needs.
Certain house plants are also good air purifiers that convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. If you have pets, make sure the plants you select aren’t toxic to animals. An interesting alternative to traditional plants is an algae-based organic air purifier that works via photosynthesis.
Limit the use of scented candles and room fresheners in favor of pure essential oils. If you can’t give them up completely, pure beeswax candles are beneficial by ionizing the air. Activated charcoal and salt lamps in different areas of the home absorb and neutralize odors, toxins and water vapor.
If you’re in the market for some new furniture or plan to replace your carpet, be aware that these items are treated with preserving chemicals and will release VOCs into the air of your home for a while after installation. Give them time to air out and keep your home well ventilated to help minimize the impact of the compounds.
Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector to test your home’s air. There are some types that can be tied in with your preferred smart technology system to alert you if carbon monoxide is detected or if the battery needs to be replaced.