Even if you maintain a tidy, clutter-free home, you and your family could be breathing polluted air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air inside most homes, buildings and other indoor spaces is 200% to 500% more polluted than fresh outdoor air. Unfortunately, indoor air pollution has been linked to chronic health conditions like asthma, allergies and respiratory infections. But there are ways to create cleaner air inside your home, including the following.
#1) Change the Air Filter Once Every 2 Months
A simple way to create cleaner air inside your home is to change the filter of your heating and air-conditioning unit at least once every two months. Available for about $10 at most home improvement stores, air filters are designed to catch and hold airborne debris. Neglecting to change your air filter on a regular basis, though, will reduce its efficiency, resulting in dirtier air.
#2) Decorate With Houseplants
Not only are they are naturally beautiful, but houseplants can create cleaner air inside your home by filtering impurities. Plants, especially long-leaved plants, act as air filters. When dust, germs and toxins float through the air, some of these impurities will land on the plant's leaves where they absorbed into the plant. At the same time, the plant will produce fresh oxygen to further clean the surrounding air.
#3) Say 'No' to Scented Candles
Although there are exceptions, most store-bought scented candles contain produce airborne toxins when burned. They may smell nice, but that doesn't mean they are safe to use. To create cleaner air inside your home, say "no" to scented candles. Instead, choose 100% beeswax or soy wax candles, both of which burn clean.
#4) Decorate With a Water Fountain
In addition to houseplants, another decorative accessory that can create cleaner air inside your home is a water fountain. A water fountain will catch impurities from the air, preventing them from circulating throughout your home. Of course, it will also provide a soothing and relaxing sound to create a more tranquil environment for you and your family.
#5) Run a Dehumidifier During the Summer
Humidity usually isn't a problem during the cold winter months. When summer arrives, though, it can encourage mold and mildew to form inside your home, resulting in higher levels of air pollution. You can prevent humidity from causing or contributing to air pollution by using a dehumidifier. During the summer months, run a dehumidifier inside your home to regulate the humidity.