Indoor air quality is a crucial important factor in determining your health.
The EPA estimates that over 90% of our time is spent indoors, and indoor air quality is directly related to our overall health. Indoor air pollution can cause or aggravate several respiratory problems like asthma, allergies, and cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease and stroke. So how can you improve your indoor air quality?
Embrace plants that clean the air
Plants have mechanisms responsible for improving air quality. Some species are better at cleaning the air; some absorb more carbon dioxide than others while releasing ample amounts of oxygen into the atmosphere.
Plants also enhance your home décor. So if you feel like your house could use a little sprucing up while also improving its air quality, indoor plants are a good way to go.
Clean your floors
Regularly cleaning your floors is another way you can improve indoor air quality. Sweeping or vacuuming keeps dust and dirt from accumulating, which can cause allergies. These are the most effective ways to get down into the cracks and crevices, especially for hardwood or laminate floors. If you have area rugs, ensure they’re not too thick to prevent allergens from hiding in their depths and make vacuuming easier.
Avoid smelly products
Aromatherapy products are a popular alternative to aerosols and air fresheners. These natural, plant-based products safely help improve your indoor air quality.
- Use essential oils which come from plants and have a pleasant aroma.
- Don’t light candles or incense in your home if you have concerns about indoor air quality issues.
- Avoid using scented laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and other cleaning products.
The overall quality of air in your home is important, and it’s worth a little effort to ensure you’re comfortable and not suffering ill effects. Fortunately, these simple tips will help monitor, control, and improve your home’s air quality. If you have any issues with your indoor air quality, get in touch with Total Home Services to learn how to enhance your indoor air quality effectively.