5 hacks to improving indoor air quality on a budget
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- Nov 15 2022
Deteriorating air quality in American cities is a pressing issue that people are dueling day in and day out. From battling traffic and vehicular emissions to industrial effusions, the air we breathe in is highly contaminated. But if you are of the idea that it’s just the air outside that is contaminated and detrimental, you will gravely mistaken. The air that you breathe in your home too is polluted with pollens, dust, smog, and other impurities, raising serious health concerns.
Indoor air pollution is real and is more alarming in larger cities owing to the higher pollution levels outside, riddling into homes. Poor ventilation and damp walls can only worsen the situation. A large part of this air pollution fiasco is inevitable and may seem startling. Among the many ill effects of prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution are chronic respiratory diseases, skin irritations, dry throat, incessant coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, dizziness, etc.
However, as we grow more conscious about the environment and our health, significant efforts are being made towards improving the air quality, especially indoor air quality. There have been substantial scientific and technological breakthroughs toward purifying indoor air and improving the AQI (Air Quality Index).
Hacks to improving indoor air quality
With a few handy hacks and healthy lifestyle alterations, a lot of the degrading air quality can be reversed. Here are a few tips from the house of Impressions to help you breathe better and stay healthier by improving the air quality inside your home:
- Keep your home clean and ventilated – The very first steps towards refining the air quality would start with keeping your home as clean and dust-free as possible. Open those windows and let there be healthy air circulation and natural ventilation. Exposure to natural light and sunrays can help steer clear of a number of microorganisms.
- Bring in some greenery – Get some indoor plants, especially those with air purifying qualities. These not only help sustain the indoor oxygen level and act as home decor agents but also filter harmful air pollutants keeping the atmosphere fresh and breathable. Some useful greens that you can add to your home include Spider plants, English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, Chrysanthemum, Peace Lily, Ferns, Aloe Vera, etc.
- Switch to non-toxic paints – When getting your home colored, make sure the paints are non-toxic and have low VOCs. Check the labels for the list of ingredients used in the paint. Ensure that your paint is free of plastic, lead, ammonia, synthetic dyes, formaldehyde, etc.
- Keep your home smoke-free – Refrain from smoking or burning items that may emit smoke like candles, wood furnaces, incense sticks, etc. Chimneys in teh kitchen are also a good start to filter out the smoke produced in the kitchen while cooking.
- Invest in air purifiers – Last but not the least, get your home a high-performing air purifier. Air purifiers sieves out harmful pollens, allergens and pollutants to keep the indoor air fresh and healthy. They help maintain a healthy indoor AQI (air quality index). It is also advisable to get the air purifier tuned up by professionals at regular intervals to ensure the best performance and longer lifespan.
NOw that you know how to enhance and refresh the indoor air, get started with bring home these measures already. As a bonus tip, never miss out on timely maintenance, servicing, repairs, and cleanup of your ACs, heaters, AC ducts, chimney and chimney ducts, etc. replace the AC filters before it is too late.
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