How to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home?

How to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home?
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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to more people spending greater amounts of time indoors than ever before. While this has successfully led to controlling the spread of the virus, the indoor air is not so safe either. This means that too much time spent indoors can be harmful too.

Aside from overcrowding, poor ventilation and poorly-maintained ACs in urban spaces, you could also have other indoor air pollutants including air fresheners, insect repellents, paint, cleaning fluids and even personal care products that can contribute towards ill health and poor air quality in your home. Here’s a look at ways to improve indoor air quality:

  • There should be no smoking allowed indoors as others within the home become passive smokers too, leading to various lung vulnerabilities.
  • Aerosol sprays such as insecticides, air fresheners, perfumes and surface cleaners as well as mosquito coils, incense sticks can all lead to respiratory issues and allergies. Cleaning products such as floor cleaners, laundry cleaners, glass cleaners can irritate the airways, eyes, skin, etc. Proper ventilation and judicious use can control such a situation.
  • Avoid buying cleaning products that contain toxic chemicals such as VOCs, bleach and formaldehydes. These can further react with cooking fumes to create greater havoc on health.
  • Bathrooms and kitchens should be kept well-ventilated to prevent moisture and steam build-up. This encourages the growth of mildew, mould and mites. Install exhaust fans and air purifiers to get rid of fumes and open windows during the daytime to keep your home ventilated.
  • De-clutter your home once in a while as things lying around unused tend to attract dust and mould. And if you have indoor furry pets, you will need to groom them daily to get rid of excess fur and dander from getting into everything in your home.
  • Dust acts as a magnet for rugs, carpets, curtains and blankets. Clean them regularly and if possible, vacuum them too.
  • Growing indoor plants not only enhances your décor but also helps in naturally purifying indoor air off chemicals such as benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde, ammonia, etc. Houseplants effective at air purification include Boston ferns, bamboo palms, weeping figs and snake plants.