Breathe Easier This Year – 5 Affordable Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality!
Improving indoor air quality (IAQ) is a long-term goal, as each lifestyle change you make has an impact on your overall IAQ. Breathing cleaner air indoors doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Use some simple home remedies that won’t take a bite out of your savings.
Nix Noxious Chemicals in the Home
From smoking to harsh chemical cleaners, the choices you make about what’s allowed indoors impact your indoor air quality. If anyone in your home smokes, have them do it outside. Check the labels on the cleaners you buy, and only purchase those with natural ingredients. If you like DIY, you can use vinegar, water, baking soda, and other ingredients to craft your own safe cleaners.
Decorate With Indoor Plants
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Plants are a wonderful way to naturally purify the air. Once you make the initial investment in the plant, they don’t cost very much to maintain. They need water, some plant food, and every so often, new soil or a bigger pot. Put humidity-loving plants like the Peace Lily in your bathroom and easy-to-care-for plants like Ficus in other rooms of your home.
Try a UV Lamp
Because of the way an HVAC system operates, condensation sometimes develops within the machine’s components. These moist environments attract mold and bacteria growth. Have a technician install a UV lamp to neutralize these microbes that otherwise might end up blowing through your house and infiltrating your indoor air. After you’ve purchased the lamp, you’ll only need to pay for a new bulb and have a technician change it every so often.
Keep the House Clean
Invest your time in keeping the house clean. Dust and vacuum on a regular basis to ensure dust mites and other particulates don’t pile up. Spend one day a month doing a deep clean, or deep clean one room every weekend. If you have pets, lint rollers and HEPA filters are a great way to cut down on pet dander and hair. A clean house means there’s far less debris available for you to breathe in via your indoor air.
Work on Dehumidifying
High humidity contributes to your indoor air quality problems. Humidity levels contribute to your overall discomfort in your home, and they create an environment in which mold and mildew like to grow. If you can afford a dehumidifier, buy one, even if it’s a small model meant for just one room. Use it in the most humid rooms, like the kitchen or the bathroom. If you can’t, ventilating your house by opening windows when you’re cooking and showering is one technique to reduce humidity. Running your AC is another way to lower humidity levels.
You need to keep up with each of the IAQ improvements you make. Cleaning the house occasionally or letting your houseplants die won’t have the impact on your IAQ you’re hoping for. IAQ solutions require commitment, but once you experience improvements in the air you breathe, remembering why you’re taking these steps is easy.