Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, with the air quality inside actually being significantly worse than outside. Many of us don’t want to think that our homes can make us ill, but when you have a sick house due to low air quality, you owe it to yourself to deal with the root cause. This is one of the main reasons people opt to have home inspections, in order to conduct indoor air quality tests. Once you confirm there is an issue with the air, you can take the steps necessary to fix it.
Luckily, there are many natural ways to give your indoor air a makeover and purify it. Just incorporate the following easy and cost-effective options in your home and breathe in some much needed relief.
Purify with nature
While many people choose plastic house plants to decorate their home, it is far better to opt for the real thing. Not only will they still beautifully decorate, they will also naturally purify the air you breathe. The famous 1989 experiment from NASA concluded that house plants were an effective way to remove organic chemical from indoor air and specifically play a major role in cleaning indoor air from chemicals like benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. So pick up some beautiful plants and enjoy the benefits!
Filter your air with water
We know that water, especially flowing water, has countless benefits to our mental health as it relaxes our brains and promotes a deeper and calmer sleep. But did you know it can also improve the quality of air in your home? By incorporating an indoor fountain to your home, you can easily remove allergens and dust particles from the air, as they are attracted to flowing water and will be filtered. Adding an indoor fountain will purify your air and significantly reduce allergies keeping you feeling healthy and your home clean.
Most homes already have fans where you need them the most: the kitchen and bathroom. They aren’t just for show as they are effective ways to keep your air flowing and fresh, while removing odor and dust. When you cook, make sure to turn on your stove or ceiling fan during and after to keep the air moving to dissipate any odors. And after a warm shower, leaving your bathroom fan on can help decrease the chances of mold and keep your air filtered and fresh. If you don’t have one already installed, you can easily get one or buy a standing fan to conveniently move it wherever you need it.
The idea of feeling ‘stuffy’ in your home can actually be based on a low air quality. Luckily, there are natural, simple and cost-effective ways to purify your air and keep you healthy. By buying a few house plants, adding an indoor fountain and utilizing some fans, you are taking the necessary steps to ensure the air you breathe is doing you some good.
My thanks to Carisa Reed for who authored this post. I get regular calls from people who have what is referred to as sick house syndrome or home environments that are making them sick. Usually the first place to start in helping to determine the root cause is with air quality testing. This article has some simple ways the homeowner can make improvements on their own, right away.