As Earth Day approaches, it’s hard to not think about the importance of taking care of our planet, the one and only home that we have. As we think about the impact that our lives have on the environment, it’s encouraging to consider that some small changes by all of us could have a powerful impact on the earth and help to keep it safe and clean.
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of ensuring that we all have fresh air to breathe on a regular basis, both indoors and outdoors. Air quality is something that affects all of us on a daily basis, and poor air quality can lead to a number of respiratory and health issues, including asthma and allergies. Air quality matters and is something that all of us should be aware of and work to improve.
Easy Ways to Purify Air in Your Home
Surprisingly, the air in our homes is usually less clean than the air outdoors. In fact, some studies indicate that on average the air indoors is anywhere from two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors.
While this is an unsettling thought, there are some easy ways that you can work to purify the air in your home. Here are just a few:
- Burn Beeswax Candles – they have very little scent, a long burn life, and work as natural air purifiers
- Use Salt Lamps – they can help to purify the air by removing dust and pollutants with negative ions
- Get House plants – they purify the air by absorbing pollutants in the air
- Diffuse Essential Oils – certain oils, when diffused, can help purify and humidify the air in your home.
Consider using a few of these easy natural remedies to help purify the air in your home and to ensure that your family is always breathing clean and safe air.
Use Air Filters Regularly to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home
Changing your air filters is another easy way to maintain high air quality in your home. If there is a particular area of your home that seems to be a problem, it’s a good idea to check the air filter and ensure that it’s clean and functional.
Filters in your home can have a substantial impact on your overall indoor air quality, so it’s important to make sure that these are clean and effective. Here are some general guidelines for doing this:
On average, all air filters should be changed at least every 90 days; for homes with pets, air filters should be changed every 60 days; in homes with multiple pets or family members with allergies, filters should be changed every 20-45 days. Think about ordering air filters and having them delivered on a regular basis so you’re reminded to keep your air filters clean.
Also, when considering air quality problems in certain areas of the house, it’s important to think about what products you are using, especially when it comes to cleaning products. Many cleaning products, especially those used in bathrooms and the kitchen, are filled with toxins and pollutants that will lower the quality of the air.
When determining what products to use and bring in your home, remember that what you buy and use affects your surroundings. Whenever possible, use non-toxic products and consider using natural cleaning products – vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice – or purchasing all-natural ones.
Opt For Outdoor Air Ventilation Too!
One easy way to improve air quality in your home is letting the cleaner, outdoor air into your house. Increased outdoor ventilation is a very simple way to help purify the air as you can do this simply by opening windows and doors.
Consider installing some screen doors in your house so that you can keep exterior doors open as much as possible. Outdoor ventilation inevitably occurs through drafty windows and cracks but open the doors and windows whenever possible to help improve the air quality in your home.
Air quality, both indoors and outdoors, matters to our overall health and well-being. Think about ways that you and your family can take steps to help protect our earth and its air. Specifically, this Earth Day, spend some time doing something to make the air in your home or the air in your neighborhood a little bit cleaner. If you’d like some tips about ways that you can improve your indoor air quality, call Green Horizon One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® at (919) 646-3639.