How to improve indoor air quality
Now due to coronavirus quarantines all around the world, people have been spending the majority of their time at home. However, have you imagined the indoor air pollutions can even be two to five times higher than that found outdoors? For the health of yourself and your loved ones, it’s necessary to take action to improve our indoor air quality.
What caused the pollution
The most common air pollution sources include asbestos, carbon monoxide from the central heating system and gas stoves, mold, radon, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from disinfectants, air fresheners, carpeting, paint, and other household items. Inadequate ventilation can also lead to air pollution indoor, trapping the polluted air inside and keeping the outdoor air from diluting emissions caused by the pollutants.
How to purify the air
- 1, Clean your home on a regular basis
This is one of the easiest things for you to do, especially during this day and age. You can clean your home daily, weekly, or monthly according to your need. And the most important thing to remember is, minimize the toxins you bring home as possible as you can. This means you should leave your shoes outside of your house, and use natural hand sanitizer before coming in.
- 2, Ventilate your house
Ventilation will let the stale air out and the fresh air come in. Even on cold days, you should open your windows or turn on attic fans every now and then to allow fresh air to move into your house. However, if you live beside the highway, you’d better not open your windows in the early morning and during traffic rush hours.
- 3, Bring in some plants
Green plants can not only green up your home, but they have wonderful air-purifying qualities. More specifically, plants will increase oxygen and remove toxins like volatile organic compounds, which are usually found in many house materials like paint and plastics. If you don’t know which plant to choose, we recommend peace lilies, snake plants, golden pothos, and English ivy.
- 4, Invest in an air purifier
Though somewhat expensive, using an air purifier is another effective way to purify the indoor air. It can trap and remove almost all the pollutants in the air, filter them and then release much cleaner and fresher air into the room. To achieve the best purification result, just put it in commonly used rooms, such as the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms.