Living in the city can be bothersome. Aside from the unbearable traffic and noise, air in metropolitan places is close to being unbreathable. If you live in San Francisco or in Los Angeles, the air you breathe shares space with vehicle exhaust smoke and wildfire fumes. If you live in Kansas City, then you know that despite the air pollution improvements, it’s still the 62nd most polluted city in America.
If you can’t breathe the air outdoors, then you better be able to breathe the one inside your home. Improving your house’s indoor air quality lets you breathe in air nearly as clean as in the countryside.
Here are some ideas to help you clean your air.
Remove any asthma/allergy triggers
Animal hair and pollen, among other things, can cause discomfort to people with animal allergies. On the other hand, cigarette smoke and dust mites can make breathing difficult for asthmatic people. Some people are even hypersensitive to molds. Make sure to clean up and remove any asthma or allergy triggers inside your home to make the air breathable for everyone.
When all else fails, especially with molds, call an expert to clean your ducts.
Replace air filters regularly
If you have an HVAC unit or a forced-air heating system inside your home, then you should replace your air filters regularly to maintain the breathability of air inside your home. This ensures that dust won’t circulate anywhere in your house. You can also use electrostatic filters that trap dust and other irritants.
Always keep your place clean
It’s not just for the smell or for the sake of an aesthetically pleasing home. Having a clean house speaks volumes for its indoor air quality. Always keep your house clean. If you can, use natural products to keep your place sparkling without fumes or chemical smells to inhale.
Baking soda, for example, is a universal household agent; you can use it for cleaning, removing smells, or even declogging. Vinegar may have a sour smell at first, but it becomes odorless in the end.
Invest in air purifiers
From table-top style to huge, industrial-like ones, you get what you’re owed with air purifiers. The best air cleaners are typically the ones within the rather expensive price range, but you get more bang for your buck as long as it efficiently collects pollutants and draws huge amounts of air inside your home for circulation. With proper maintenance and cleanup, you can have an air purifier for your home that works for years and years. Advancements in technology have also paved way for smart air purifiers that can detect the intensity of the pollution inside your home.
Keep plants outdoors
Indoor plants aren’t a good substitute for an air purifier despite its natural appeal. While they add a green aesthetic to your home or the office, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, there isn’t any evidence regarding houseplants’ ability and effectivity to clean swaths of air indoors. They are, however, known for attracting mold and mildew, making them more of a hazard than help to people hypersensitive to molds.
Having a good indoor air quality in your home lets you inhale fresh, crisp air after long hours outside the pollution-filled city. You deserve a home where you can unwind, relax, and breathe easy.