Chest congestion, nausea, headaches, asthma, wheezing, coughing, and lung disease are some ailments that have become too common these days. Every second these diseases afflict a person. Many studies and researches conducted in the context of these diseases have found out that indoor air pollution is one of the major reasons behind all the aforementioned diseases. Breathing in dirty air badly affects everybody including children, elderly, and even the unborn babies. Inhaling polluted air can cause extremely dangerous diseases like cancer as well. Therefore, if you and any of your family members are getting down repeatedly with any of the above-mentioned ailments, then you must take the air quality of your home into consideration.
The most common and extremely dangerous air pollutants found in the air inside a home are tobacco smoke, mildew, animal dander, mold, dust mites, asbestos, furnaces, fireplace smoke, and formaldehyde (found in carpets, furniture, and plywood paneling). In recent years, all these pollutants have substantially increased in quantity and have degraded indoor air quality in homes. Fortunately, you can do many things to improve the air quality in your home. Following are the most basic and easy steps you can follow to make your home a much healthier place to live in.
Avoid smoke inside
Smoke, be it coming out of a candle, cigarette or a fireplace, release pollutants that degrade the air quality in a home. Tobacco smoke has 60 chemicals that can cause cancer, asthma, ear infections, and pneumonia and other ailments in smokers and passive smokers. So make sure you prohibit smoking inside your home, only buy non-toxic candles, and use dried wood in fireplace and get the chimney cleaned regularly.
Make your home Radon free
Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless and odorless. It is found in soil and has been proved to be a major cause of lung cancer. You need to make your home cracks and holes proof, as these are the two ways this gas enter homes.
Avoid using harmful chemicals
Many of the floor cleaners and laundry cleaning products are high on harmful chemicals. So make sure you use harmless products to clean the floors and the clothes.
Keep a healthy level of humidity.
Humidity gives impetus to dust mites and mold present in the air inside s home. But if you keep a check on the percentage of humidity and maintain it at a level of 30 to 40 percent, it helps to keep these pollutants including pollens also under control. Use an air conditioner; ventilate your home well, do not put excess of water in home plants, and fix leaky pipes.
Watch your pet
If your pet spends more time inside your home, then for sure there will be more dander and hair in the air. This is unhealthy, so groom your pet regularly and keep them out of your bedroom as much as you can.
Do not enter with your shoes on
Our shoes are major carriers of pollutants into the home. Do not forget to open your shoes before entering home, and try wearing slippers those give you comfort and clean the floor altogether.
Air-purifying indoor plants
Growing plants like Bamboo Palm, Dwarf Date Palm, Boston fern, English Ivy, and Areca Palm Tree in your home are one of the best ways to purify the air inside.
Rather than using chemical sprays to freshen up your home, use diffusers with essential oils or you could also use cinnamon and clove as fresheners.
Circulate and Ventilate
Open up the windows and let the fresh air enter your home. Especially, when you are cooking, painting, and cleaning your home. If it is too cold outside, then allow the ceiling fan to circulate the air.
We usually think that air pollution is something that belongs to the outside world and we fail to realize the extent of the air pollution inside our own homes that is much more than the air pollution out in the street. It is imperative to follow aforementioned tips in order to improve the air quality of your home, thus, saving yourself and your family from the ill effects of air pollution.