Different Ways to improve (purify) indoor air

The air we are breathing indoors can be around 5 times worse than the outside air. The poor air quality of your home can result in illness, allergies, asthma, frequent headaches and it can even be harmful to your digestive system and your mental health. A normal person spends more than 1/3rd  of his life indoors, therefore, making efforts to purify air within homes becomes all the more important for the wellbeing of our family.  
Check out some of the ways to purify our indoor air. Before we begin, let’s look into some of the lifestyle changes we can practice to improve your home’s air quality.

  • Use low-VOC or no-VOC paints and avoid harsh chemical-laden household cleaners. 
  • Take your shoes off when you walk inside your house as they carry coal tar, cigarette ash, pesticides, fungal spores, lead dust, pollen, wood smoke, industrial toxins, etc.  
  • Refrain from smoking indoors and ask others too to smoke outside
  • Carpets are a toxic sponge. Clean them often.
  • Vacuum (HEPA filter) and dust your home to eliminate dust, dirt, and other allergens from the air. If you have a pet make sure to vacuum or sweep hair up often, so it doesn’t end up in the air
  • Consider hardwood floors as Carpet can hold dirt, dust mites, pet dander, other allergens, and pollutants.
  • Don’t burn wood indoors, either in a fireplace or a wood-burning stove.
  • Increase Ventilation with trickle vents as it reduces moisture levels, a major problem for indoor air quality.

Now that we have this covered let’s look into what can you bring into your home to help clean the air?  

1. Indoor Plants

According to a survey, Houseplants have the inherent ability to purify and rejuvenate air within our houses. Along with this, it can safeguard us from any side effects associated with prevalent toxins like ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene, etc.

2. Beeswax Candles

Unlike paraffin candles, the pure beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent. They are helpful to remove common allergens like dust from the air and can be a relief, especially for asthmatics.  

 

3. Essential Oils

Essential oils have many health benefits and are a great product to purify the air within your home.  Essential oils are also useful in getting rid of viruses, fungi, bacteria, and even mold.

 

4. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal-based air filters are a great way to purify the air quality within your home. The charcoal has the ability to absorb toxins in the air without releasing any odor. These carbon air filters can be easily found in stores or online platforms.

 

5. Salt Lamps

 It is a natural ionic air purifier that pulls toxins from the environment and neutralizes them. It tends to reduce airborne irritants, pathogens, and allergens by pulling water vapor out of the air. Himalayan pink salt lamps are very popular.

 

6. Use an air purifier.

Indoor Air purifiers can be an effective way to improve indoor air quality. It helps to reduce harmful particles in the air. If your child has asthma, it may be worthwhile to have one in his room. Using a purifier with a disposable HEPA filter provides an added advantage.

 

A combination of a humidifier and purifier, product by OxyGarden

Humidifier-Dehumidifier
The Humidity or moisture levels of the house need to keep low (40-50) to check the growth of mold. One can use a dehumidifier to serve the purpose. You may consider all these ways to improve the air quality in homes. By doing this you will be reducing the number of chemicals that your family is exposed to and will eventually have a sense of peace along with receiving natural benefits.

Further reads:

 

Check out this article by YourStory on Oxygarden – a company set to make air sanitizers that can stop the growth of harmful viruses in your homes. 

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