Clean Air In The House – 12 Tips For Cleaning The Air You Breathe At Home

Posted April 26, 2012 by LSloane in Wellbeing

Discover the importance of creating clean air in the house. Here we give you 12 tips to help encourage cleaner air in your home and an in depth look at the health benefits of breathing cleaner air as well as the causes of air pollution.

As we spend the majority of our time at home it is vital that we make an effort to promote clean air in the house. And for those of us working indoors, perhaps in an office, the importance is even greater.

The Importance Of Clean Air In The House

It is little wonder that so many of us complain of colds, asthma and breathing difficulties, anxiety and sleep issues. It is vital for our health that we breathe as much fresh, clean air as we can and that can start right now by safeguarding the air you breathe in your home.

Statistics highlight, when calculating time spent at home with that at the office, many of us are spending an astonishing 90% of our time indoors.

The Main Causes Of Unclean Air In The Home:

Pesticides – Toxic Cleaning Products – Paint – Cigarette Smoke
Excess Humidity, Dampness & Moisture
Heating – Tumble Dryers – Showers – Bath – Leaks
Air Pollutants
Carbon Monoxide – Radon gas – Bacteria – Dust Mites – Gases – Allergens

Tips for Creating Clean Air in the House

1. Ventilate

The principal tip for ensuring clean air in the house is to ventilate. Adequate ventilation will bring clean air into the house whilst releasing any polluted, gaseous or chemical rich air, as well as any excessively moist air out of the house:

  • Open windows whenever possible. Several windows at the same time will create a flow of clean air through the house. Particulary open windows when cleaning, using toxic products or painting.
  • Open windows whenever cooking with gas appliances.
  • Make sure any fuel burning appliances such as boilers and fires are serviced regularly and are positioned near air vents.
  • Use bathroom fans to extract excessively moist air created from showers or baths out of the house.
  • Ensure fans, extractors and air vents are cleaned regularly.
  • Never leave your car on in the garage and don’t burn fuels or gases in the garage.

2. Avoid Toxic Products

Also one of the principal tips for creating clean air in the house is to avoid products that cause air pollution and where use is necessary ensure you open windows:

  • Pesticides.
  • Toxic cleaning products.
  • Hair and nail products.
  • Paints.
  • Be particularly cautious of old lead paints.

It is wise to be aware of what is called VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which have been linked to cancer, headaches, irritation and asthma. Always check the label of products and try to purchase products that are marked ‘low VOCs’.

3. Clean Regularly

It may seem obvious but to ensure clean air in the house it is important to clean your house regularly.

  • Dust Regularly
  • Vacuum regularly. Carpets trap dirt, chemicals, dust mites and fungi. Ensure you use a quality vacuum and clean the filter regularly. You may want to invest in a bag-less model that doesn’t blow dirt and chemical back into the air.

4. Invest

Investing in the following products and services are recommended to ensure the air in your house is as clean as possible:

  • Radon test. Only detectable by testing, radon is an invisible and odourless gas which has been proven to be one of the biggest causes of lung cancer.
  • Carbon monoxide detector. All fuel burning appliances can produce carbon monoxide. A detector is a cheap and safe means of testing levels of carbon monoxide in the house.
  • Air purifier. An air purifier can remove indoor pollutants from the air in your house.
  • HEPA (high efficiency particle air) vacuum cleaner if you have carpets in your house.

Quick Tips For Creating Clean Air In The House:

  • Smoke outside.
  • Invest in house plants – House plants are proven to remove certain chemicals from the air in the house.
  • Use himalayan salt crystal lamps – Salt lamps are proven to balance positive ions in the air reducing electrically charged air, removing excess moisture, chemicals, gases and bacteria from the air.
  • Light candles – Beeswax and soy candles also release negative ions which helps clean the air in the house from pollutants and allergens.
  • Remove shoes – Avoid bringing in dirt and other chemicals from outside.
  • Rectify damp problems and leaks – Humidity and dampness is a large cause of chest issues, throat and breathing issues; coughing, asthma, wheezing etc. Get any maintenance issues fixed as soon as you notice them.
  • Pets – If anyone in your house suffers from pet allergies it is important to discourage pets from bedrooms, clean your upholstery and carpets more regularly, store cat litter trays outside or in the garage if possible and also if possible brush pets outside.
Did you enjoy this article? Have you experiences in this topic that you would like to share with us. If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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