Not much feels better than a deep breath full of fresh air. Unfortunately, fresh air is not always easy to find. One should not have to climb to a mountaintop to breathe in clean air – it should be available in your home. Your home’s air is probably not as clean as you would think – from dirt and dust in your ventilation systems to various household chemicals polluting – there are a multitude of issues compounding overtime that lower the quality of the air you breathe on a daily basis. The EPA has went as far as to say that indoor air quality may, in fact, be worse than outdoor air quality. This is no reason to panic, however, as there are a number of ways in which you can purify your in-home air without purchasing expensive machines or using nasty chemicals that only make matters worse. Let’s take a look at some of the best options available.
Natural purification systems
The simplest and most natural way to clean your air might come as a surprise to many. A household plant can be just as effective as much more complex and expensive machines. Plants absorb carbon dioxide as well as emit fresh, clean oxygen all the while being completely devoid of toxins and potential side effects. NASA, known for their cutting edge, high tech research, has done extensive studies on the ability to use plants as air filtrations systems and lists the most effective household plants to use which include English Ivy and Bamboo. Give each primary room in your home its own air filter by placing an aesthetically pleasing plant.
Removing mold from your home is one of the single most important things to do in order to ensure healthy air quality. Breathing in mold over extended periods of time is a surefire way to feel tired or contract various illnesses. Installing ceiling fans or other forms of ventilation helps remove the moisture that causes mold.
Many dangerous vapors can seep into your home through the soil and groundwater. Having any cracks in your foundation can be all it takes for these intruders to silently permeate your home. These vapors originate from evaporated chemicals which can have many sources – from a gas station to an industrial factory miles away. Prolonged exposure to these types of elements has been known to cause serious health related problems. Even before buying a property, find out what the land in and around the house was used for. Researching if your area may be affected by vapor intrusion on the internet through various Environmental Data Resources is only a couple clicks away and could save a life.
Try something salty
Salt crystal lamps are a lesser known yet highly effective way to pull unwanted substances out of the air. These types of lamps act as an ion generator which draw in substances like pollen, other allergens or dirt which may be unknowingly flowing through your household air. Salt crystal lamps (or candles) come in various sizes to function in nearly any sized room and have been known to improve mental alertness by removing many life sucking particles that we continually breathe from the air.
Paint your air a new color
If you have to use paint in your home, look for a brand that is labeled as non-VOC (volatile organic compounds). Simply put, you do not want to breathe in the toxins commonly found in paint which are known carcinogens. Even if you get non-VOC branded paint, use proper ventilation to ensure the fumes get sucked out.
Speaking of ventilation, many appliances like your microwave and dryer have exhaust. They emit dirty air that you shouldn’t be breathing – so make sure you have proper exhaust systems installed which will help keep the air cleaner.
This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger on various sites. When she is not working she likes to travel and discover hidden places around the World. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment.
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