It’s probably not a very nice feeling to know that the air in your home isn’t very healthy. After all, it’s where you’re going to spend the bulk of your time. It’s where your family are, too. The idea that the air everyone is breathing is toxic is enough to disturb the sleep of even the most carefree person around.
Unfortunately, a lot of us are living in homes where the air quality simply isn’t very good. So it’s recommended that you take measures to improve the air in your home! Purifying the air isn’t just going to give you peace of mind. It’s going to help your long-term health in some big ways, making it much less likely that you won’t fall seriously ill in the future.
Here are some of the best ways you can get the air in your home clean and keep it that way.
Consider your household products
One of the biggest contributors to problems with household air is the products most people use to clean their home! Cleaners and detergents, even those that are labeled as eco-friendly, are often very dangerous for both your health and the environment at large. You need to ensure that the products you’re buying aren’t loaded with nasty toxins. It doesn’t matter if they get the dirt and grime off your sinks and showers effectively; they’re still poisoning the air you have to breathe! There’s actually an app out there that lets you check the ‘clean rating’ of any given household product.
Turn to nature
Keeping a window open every so often is a great way of letting out some of the toxins in your home’s air, but this isn’t always possible. How else can nature be introduced to your home in order to help you fight the air problems? Simple: get some household plants. Don’t just rely on rubber plants; there are some common and beautiful household plants out there that both brighten up your home and help clean out the air. Boston Ferns, Peace Lilies, and English Ivy are among the best. Check out a list of the best household plants for cleaning your air.
Sometimes, toxins are able to build up in your household simply because your ventilation system isn’t working as well as it should be. Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system should be clean and strong enough to keep good air circling throughout your home. A faulty system can prevent the toxins created indoors from getting cleared out; in fact, it can even create more toxins that then become introduced into your home’s air. If you’re worried about the cleanness of the air in your home, then you may want to get your HVAC system looked at.
If you’re really worried about the air in your home, then it might be worth getting your building tested for certain toxins. This should go double if you know that you live near any areas in which industrial processes occur. If your home is a few decades old, you may be at further risk because certain chemicals and elements (that have since been banned from the home-building process) may have been used that are still lingering around inside your home.
One of the most famous examples of an air test is a carbon monoxide test. Having a carbon monoxide detector is recommended at all times, though! If you’re looking to get something more specific done, you may want to consider having your home tested for the likes of radon. It may sound dramatic, but the presence of these chemicals in domestic air (and, in fact, in the air of general public areas) is more widespread - and dangerous - than you may think.
Getting a purifier
At the end of the day, it’s worth remembering that the air inside your home is likely to be more harmful to you than the air outside. You may want to consider actually buying an air purifier. And no, I’m not talking about air fresheners in the form of aerosols - they just make things worse! An air purification device uses suction and (most of the time) water to clear your home’s air of dust and toxins. It’s something you plug in then leave to do its thing for a few hours. They tend to be effective only in the room in which they’re placed; it’s worth moving the device from room to room every day or so. Most of the time, you’ll be able to see the results in the device - it’s not usually a pretty sight!