How to Detox the Air in Your Home

February 5, 2014


detox your homeIndoor air quality can be impacted by several things. Cigarette smoke, dust, mold and airborne contaminants from chemicals can dramatically reduce air quality. Poor air quality can result in allergies and recurrent or chronic upper respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma and COPD. There are several things a person can do to detoxify the air in their home and reduce the risk of illnesses associated with poor air quality.

Change HVAC Filters Often

Heating and cooling units circulate air throughout the home so that a constant temperature is maintained. In addition to moving air, they also stir up dust and other airborne contaminants. HVAC units contain filters that air must pass through as it circulates. These filters trap dust and debris and prevent them from affecting the air quality within the home. Most heating and cooling professionals recommend changing these filters at least once a month. Reusable filters are available that can be washed and used over and over again.

Add House Plants

Cozy corner at homeHouse plants are natural filters. They convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and can actually pull contaminants out of the air, improving air quality. English ivy, variegated wax plants, the purple heart plant and the asparagus fern are well known for converting massive amounts of carbon dioxide into usable oxygen. What people don’t often realize is that as they draw in carbon dioxide, they also assimilate airborne contaminants that can adversely affect indoor air quality.

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers pull contaminants out of the air and trap them in what are known as HEPA filters. HEPA filters can trap microscopic bacteria and mold particles that are known to cause illness and trigger allergic reactions. HEPA filters should be changed at least once a month, more often if they are being used to control allergens.

Open the Windows

Air inside the home can become stale and stagnant if it is continually circulated without adequate ventilation. Open the windows and let fresh air in. Gentle breezes that blow through windows will do wonders when it comes to eliminating stale odors and driving airborne toxins outside. Proper ventilation helps to eliminate dust, bacteria and mold spores that can be stirred up during cleaning or every day activities.

Sweep and Dust Regularly

Dusting furniture and sweeping floors on a regular basis will reduce the amount of dust debris that accumulates over time. Shake rugs outside will also remove dust and dirt that is carried into the house on the soles of shoes. Cleaning once a week is usually enough to control dust and bacteria, but in cases, where someone in the home has respiratory allergies or chronic illness, twice a week may be necessary.

Change Bed Linens Weekly

changing-bed-sheetsChange bed linens weekly. Beds are one of the largest flat surfaces in the home. This means there is more area for dust to collect during the daytime hours. At night pollen is released and can also collect on the bed while a person is sleeping. Changing bed linens once a week gets rid of collected dust and other debris that can lead to allergies and upper respiratory problems.

 

Kaitlin Gardner

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Kaitlin Gardner

Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.

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