You may think pollution is an outdoor thing, but the air in your home can be worse than outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead, chemicals from fragrances, conventional cleaners, pet dander, dust and mold.
By taking steps to be sure your home has a defense against these harmful toxins, you can breathe easy knowing your indoor space is ready to combat these home invaders.
1. Change your HVAC air filter monthly and choose one with a high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) Rating.
Air filters are designed to trap and prevent dust, debris and other small particles from circulating through your home. The effectiveness of an air filter is measured in MERV rating. This measures the filter’s ability to trap particles ranging from 3.0 to 10.0 microns. Most residential air filters are labeled with a MERV rating between 1 and 12; the higher the rating means the more particles it can filter.
Replacing your air filters regularly will not only increase the air quality in your home, but also help your HVAC system to run more efficiently and reduce energy costs.
2. Ditch the silk flowers and artificial plants for the real thing.
Artificial flowers and plants are dust magnets and if not dusted and washed regularly, only adds more pollution to your home. Have you ever taken a whiff of a fake plant? YUCK. Smells like dust.
Instead find some easy to care for plants to fill your home with beauty and natural air filtration. Head over to your local home and garden center and speak to them about what plants might be right for you.
Plants naturally help clean the air, add beauty to the home and help improve mood.
If you are scared about your black thumb I suggest succulents. They are easy to care for and can live though bouts of drought with ease.
3. Get yourself a Pink Himalayan Rock Lamp
A Himalayan salt lamp works by attracting water molecules. This water vapor carries indoor air pollutants like mold, bacteria and allergens. Once the water vapor comes in contact with the salt lamp, the pollutants are trapped in the salt. The salt dries out from the heat of the light and is able to continue the cycle of attracting water vapor and pollutants, releasing the water vapor back into the air but holding on to the health-hazardous pollutants.
4. Open windows and doors on a nice day
Allowing some air flow through your home on a weekly basis refreshes the air and allows circulation. Keeping windows and doors closed at all times traps all that indoor pollution inside with no place to go.
Opening windows for a least an hour on a cool breezy day will help circulate air, boost mood, clear out built up toxins and fill your home with some much needed fresh air.
5. Ditch the chemical room sprays, plug ins and toxic paraffin candles
Aerosol room sprays, scented wall plug-ins and paraffin candles add toxic chemical pollutants to the air in your home.
Instead, look for natural and organic ways to scent your home. Ditch the soot of paraffin wax candles made from petroleum byproducts for natural soy wax candles. They give off no soot and are clean burning. Use essential oils in a diffuser to add amazing, fresh scents to your home. Some essential oils actually clean the air and fight bacteria and molds.
By doing just a few of the things on this list, you can transform your home's air quality and breathe easy.