Home Maintenance : Tips to Purify Indoor Air in Homes


If you are a person who frequently suffers from ailments like chemical sensitivities, asthma or other respiratory allergies, you would probably need to look into improving the quality of indoor air,especially in your home.

Instead of using air purifiers and room air cleaners, you can opt for some simple tips that can keep your house clean and fresh at the same time, thus enabling you to stay free of the above mentioned sicknesses.

Open the windows: Staying stuffed up inside a house without proper ventilation can be like living inside a closed carton box with hardly any room to breathe. To make the rooms of your house airy, open the windows wherever possible.

By opening the windows, you are facilitating air flow wherein the damp, cold air from inside the house moves out and fresh air moves in. In addition to this, you can also remove accumulated gases and odors like smoke, chlorine and carbon monoxide etc.

Indoor Plants: One of the best ways to purify indoor air is to opt for indoor plants. These when kept at appropriate places in the house can absorb excess carbon monoxide and release oxygen. This in turn can help improve the quality of indoor air in a room.

Speaking of indoor plants, there are several indoor plants to choose from which act as wonderful natural purifiers. You need to pick the right kind of plant that can help in purifying the air at your home.

Accordingly, a Janet Craig helps removes impurities like VOCs from the air that are released by the cleaning supplies used in homes. And a chrysanthemum helps in removing harmful impurities from the air that are released from tobacco smoke (cigarettes).

Some plants grow better in certain locations and conditions. When choosing indoor plants that can act as natural purifiers, opt for local species that can grow well in your area.

Maintaining indoor plants is an important task and you need to make sure the plants receive the required amount of sunlight and water to grow. The best way to know this is to follow the instructions before placing the plants in a specific location or watering them.

You can also ask the same from a person at the nursery from where you got the plants in the first place. Make sure to keep the plants out of the reach of small children and animals though.

Opt for organic cleaners: Several household cleaners contain toxic elements which when mixed with other chemicals can cause fumes. These fumes are toxic and can cause serious harm to the eyes, nose and lungs.

In addition to causing health related issues, these toxic fumes can decrease the quality of indoor air. Several cleaners also emit ozone particles which are considered unhealthy.

Whenever possible, opt for organic household cleaners. Be careful to read the label for information about the contents of the cleaner and the cleaning instructions.

Clean regularly: Don’t allow dust mites to collect on household items. Clean the house regularly, preferably once a week. Vacuum frequently, opt to keep the temperatures in the bedrooms cool and wash beddings in hot water.

In addition to washing your bedding, you need to wash the pet bedding as well. Don’t wash in cold or luke warm water as this will not be fruitful in removing dust mites.

Homes with pets are almost always filled with pet dander and you can prevent the same by grooming your pet regularly and vacuuming the house immediately after each session.

Furnace Issues: Furnaces tend to become sooty and blocked pretty quick and you need to change the furnace filters once every three months.

When you purchase a furnace filter, make sure to note whether the filter has a high MERV rating which indicates the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of the filter.

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