Keeping our homes clean, tidy and free from hazards is usually at the top of our agenda, and you’re not alone in thinking that it’s relatively simple to do so. However, most people overlook the hidden impurities and risks in their household that can be found in the air you breathe at home! The air inside your home can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside in your garden, because it lacks natural purifiers. Breathing in polluted air full of toxins can have a significant impact on your physical wellbeing, with links to cancer, breathing difficulties and heart conditions. We’ve come up with some ways that you can keep your home’s air clean, healthy and free from toxins, to help look after the health of you and your loved ones.
Increase the Ventilation in Your Home
One of the biggest reasons behind poor air quality in the home, is the lack of ventilation in the property that can cause damp, moisture and release toxins in the air. Simply opening the windows in your house is not a long-term solution to ensuring that the room is well-ventilated, especially in winter time. Installing trickle ventilation systems and extractor fans in poorly-ventilated rooms can make a significant difference to the purification of your air. You can find out more information here on how ventilation and extractor fan systems can have an impact on the quality of the air inside your home.
It is scientifically proven that having houseplants in each room of your home can purify and rejuvenate the air as they counter the polluted and toxic air entering your home. In particular, the Peace Lily, Spider Plant and Lady Palm are renowned for being the best houseplants to filter out the toxins produced by pollution, mildew and gas cookers. Not only are these houseplants functional, but they look beautiful too!
Use Natural Light Sources
Making use of natural light sources that are known to purify the air is an effective way to reduce your energy bills and improve the health of your home. These natural light sources include crystal salt lamps, which reduce airborne irritants, pathogens and allergens by absorbing water vapour circulating in the air of the room that it is placed within. Another natural light source that is effective at purifying the air is beeswax candles, which ionise the air. They should be your preferred candle choice, since paraffin candles release soot and benzene into the air because they originate from petrol sources.
The problem with polluted air inside the house is that you cannot always see it, and so it is worth investing in preventative measures to avoid being exposed to such silent – yet harmful – toxins in the atmosphere. If you haven’t already thought about how you can improve the air quality in your home, consider using one or two of these ideas in order to ensure that your home is keeping you and your family as healthy as possible.