9 Easy Ways To Improve Air Quality In Your Home
This week we are looking at easy ways to improve the air quality in our homes. In our last article we looked at Step 1: replacing furnace filters. We answered questions about how often we should change our filter, and what factors play into the health of our filter, and thus the air quality in our homes. Throughout these winter months, while we spend a good chunk of time keeping warm inside, it’s important for our health, comfort, and budget that the air quality in our houses is healthy. Today we want to equip you with eight more simple strategies that you can use for improving this area in your home.
2. Invest in some greenery
Not only do live plants improve the atmosphere in your home, and bring a bit of life to the spaces in our houses during winter, they can also produce a hefty dose of quality air. Of course we cannot depend on just any plants to do this. Some plants can even decrease the quality of air by producing mold or releasing pollen. So let’s look at plants most complimentary to the air in our homes, as laid out in this list from Good Housekeeping
Boston Ferns: Finicky, but known to remove formaldehyde from the air. Water monthly in winter.
Palm Trees: Bamboo Palm and Lady Palm varieties.
Rubber plants: These are great for dim rooms or corners. These beautiful plants can survive with little sunlight, and help keep the air in your home clean.
English Ivy: A beautiful climbing plant and not as temperamental as the Boston Fern.
Peace Lily: This plant has the ability to humidify small rooms with its high transpiration rate. But be warned that its leaves can be toxic.
Golden Pothos: If you’re not too confident in your green thumb, this plant is a great choice. It can tolerate a lot of neglect or overwatering.
Florists’ Mums and Gerbera Daisies: These plants, like the Boston Fern, are known to remove formaldehyde from the air. These are beautiful flowering plants that can serve your home in many ways. But be aware that they can be sensitive to under or overwatering, and prefer cooler temperatures below 65 degrees.
By regularly replacing your furnace filter, and decorating with some strategically chosen house plants, you will go a long way in keeping the air in your home more pure. But here are a few more ideas if you want to go the extra mile:
3. Vacuum at least weekly with a cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter.
4. Or even better, replace carpeting with hard wood flooring.
5. Regularly wash bedding, furniture covers, and drapes in water warmer than 130 degrees (Check materials and washing instructions first).
6. Use an air purifier in high-traffic areas, where shoes are kept, or where the family pet takes naps.
7. Use a dehumidifier in areas known to become damp, such as the basement, to prevent mold.
8. Avoid moisture and mold: Have your roof checked for leaks, and replace old or faulty windows.
9. When the sun is shining, let some air in to freshen up the house. Just remember to replace your furnace filter more regularly if you keep the windows open often.