There are plenty of things we focus on when it comes to our homes; how it looks, how comfortable it is, the general upkeep, and so on. Then there are things that we should focus on, but generally overlook — such as the air quality. Studies have shown that plenty of homes have air quality that’s worse than what’s outside, and while it might not seem like too big a deal, there are downsides to breathing in all that bad air. It can affect our health, on both a short- and long-term basis. But because it’s one of those things we can’t see, we don’t pay too much attention. Luckily, there are ways to improve the air quality, and it begins by looking at what may be compromising it in the first place. We take a look at a few examples below.
All That Dust
Dust might begin its life in the dark corners of your home, but it doesn’t stay there — it also enters the air. If you’re not staying on top of your dusting and all-around cleaning, then you might just find that you’re breathing in far more than you’d like. It might not harm you as much as other threats out there, but you’ll be coughing and wheezing more than you’d like. If you’re in a natural dusty home, first take steps to reduce it, and then make dusting a weekly occurrence. My daughter has asthma and we got rid of her large, wool rug. She has hardwood floors in her room with a small rug that is easy to keep clean. Much better!
The air won’t always automatically become less pure than it should be. It’ll be a product of what you’re putting into your home’s atmosphere. For example, take a look at all those aerosols and home cleaning products that you’re using. They might do the job that you bought them to do, but the chemicals won’t just stay on the surface of whatever you’re using them for — they’ll also enter the air. As such, take a look at using products that don’t have nasty chemicals inside. For your dishes and general home cleaning products, you can use Lemi Shine; they have zero toxic residue. If you want your home to have better air, you’ll need to think about what you’re bringing into your home!
Mold and Dust Mites
There are two things that’ll greatly compromise your home’s air: mold and dust mites. As such, it’s important that you’re taking preventative measures to keep them away from your house. To begin, you’ll want to keep an eye on the humidity levels of your property: it should be at around 30 – 50%. It’s also recommended to keep an eye on any water leaks, and to also crack a window when cooking or doing anything else that produces steam.
It’s All Artificial
One of the best ways to improve your home’s air — and all-around feel of the house — is to add some plants. This will help give the atmosphere a nudge in the right direction. Those artificial products might be more practical, but they’re going to do nothing to help your air. Plus, they’ll also improve your mood, too.