Home Remedies to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Usually, when people think of air pollution, they think of bustling cities with thousands of cars and smokestacks polluting the outside air. But what if the air inside your home that you’re breathing every day may be just as harmful?
Indoor air pollution has been a rising concern for people as we discover that many things in our home and many things we do may be contributing to an unhealthy home environment. Also, as we move towards better-insulated homes, we seal ourselves and the indoor air pollutants in, exacerbating the problem. In this blog post, we’ll list some easy home remedies that you can implement to improve the air quality inside your home.
- Clean your rugs and carpets. Pollutants and particulate matter can easily get stuck in rugs and carpets and make their way into the air. Cleaning your rugs and carpets regularly is a great way to improve indoor air quality. Also, you can try using a shoe rack or tray to prevent dirt from getting onto your floors in the first place.
- Use natural cleaning products. Use cleaning products that are made with natural materials. Many cleaning products that aren’t made with natural materials are toxic and can exacerbate allergies and asthma.
- Incorporate indoor plants. Plants are a great way to improve air quality. Many indoor house plants filter the air and remove volatile organic compounds from the air. There are a host of indoor plants that are great for filtering air, so you can find the ones that best suit your tastes.
- Test for radon. Radon is an odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking. Testing your home for radon and taking steps to remove it will greatly improve your indoor air quality.
- Don’t smoke inside. An obvious one perhaps, but still very important. Smoking inside makes indoor air quality much worse, so if you must smoke, then smoke outside or near a window.
- Use a whole house fan. One of the most effective ways to improve your indoor air quality is by ventilating your home. Whole house fans are extremely effective at pulling in (and filtering) fresh, outdoor air and pushing out the stale, polluted air in your home. Whole house fans will quickly ventilate your home and make sure that air is constantly circulating so that nothing gets trapped. Plus, they are great at keeping your home cool during the summer months and are much more energy-efficient than air conditioning.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends improving indoor air quality by increasing ventilation, and a whole house fan is a great way to do the job. Browse through our collection of whole house fans and give us a call with any questions. 1.888-229-5757