7 Easy Ways to Maintain Healthy Indoor Air

Posted by on May 28th, 2012 and filed under Featured, Green Ideas. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

 If you live in the city, or anywhere urbanized, it’s highly possible that the outdoor air is dirty and therefore, unhealthy.

Air pollution is a serious problem with its detrimental effects on your health. Inhaling polluted air can lead to a variety of respiratory diseases — anything from a simple cough to the dreaded lung cancer.

How do you go about purifying the air you breathe? You can’t clean up a city by yourself, but you can start with your house. This is where you spend a lot of time in –- sleeping, eating, relaxing, and bonding with family and friends. It’s important that the air you breathe in your home is fresh and pollutant-free at all times.

You don’t have to learn much and spend a fortune just to have healthy indoor air. There are simple and doable techniques, and here are seven of them:

1) Go green – Green, leafy plants play a big role in keeping the air clean. You don’t need to have a full garden in your living room. Place some potted plants at the corners and on windowsills. Their presence can help improve air quality.

2) Vacuum regularly – A good vacuum cleaner sucks out dust and other particles that pollute air. You can sweep the floor every day as part of daily maintenance, but make sure to give your vacuum cleaner a go a few times a week. This technique nips dust buildup in the bud.

3) Lie low on the chemicals – This may come as a surprise, but air fresheners aren’t advisable because they are full of chemicals that can irritate the lungs. These sprays also just mask unpleasant smells, not get rid of them.

4) Shut the windows – Open windows allow outside pollutants to come in. There are times when you need to keep the windows up for better ventilation, but shut them whenever you can, especially if you live in a smoggy area. If you’re allergic to pollen or cold air, this advice is very important during allergy season.

5) Don’t smoke – It’s best to quit smoking altogether, but if you really have to smoke, go outside for a bit and light up there. If that’s not possible, designate a small area in your house as your smoking zone. Make sure to pick a spot that’s pretty isolated so that the smell won’t travel around the house.

6) Get rid of moisture – Mold grows in damp, dark places. When you inhale mold spores, you can experience breathing difficulties like coughing, sneezing and wheezing. To stop mold from growing, fix the source of moisture, like leaks, blocked vents, etc.

7) Install an air purifier – An air purifier removes particles from the air inside a room. These particles can be dust, mold spores, pollen and other potential allergens. Your health will surely improve once you breath air free of such pollutants. Don’t know where to begin when it comes to buying an air purifier? You can check out Sylvane‘s list of excellent and affordable products to get you started.

By: Alexandrea Roman

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