Whether or not you realize it, the air you breathe inside of your home and workplace is considerably more contaminated than the air outdoors. And if you’re like most Minnesotans who spend the majority of their days inside during the winter season, breathing that highly polluted indoor air all day long can have negative consequences for your health.
But here’s the good news: You’re not doomed to forever breathe in high levels of airborne contaminants while you spend time indoors. There are several ways to clean up your indoor air quality, and in this blog, we’re sharing four of the easiest and most effective solutions.
Add Indoor Plants to Your Decor
Did you know there are several indoor plants that are excellent air purifiers? It’s true — and NASA agrees. As part of their nutrient synthesis process (aka photosynthesis), all plants convert carbon dioxide to fresh oxygen, which is just one mechanism by which they can help improve your indoor air quality.
In addition to adding clean oxygen to stagnant, stale indoor air, many plants are also highly efficient at removing toxins from the air, which they do through another natural process called transpiration. Many microorganisms that are naturally present in houseplant soil can also help purify your indoor air.
Change Filters Often
If you have a central HVAC system, you likely know you should be changing your air filter every 45-60 days or so. But have you thought about the other filters you should be changing regularly? Like your vacuum filter? Because any item with an air filter can contribute to poor indoor air quality when you don’t swap out the filter frequently enough.
For example: When you use a vacuum with a dirty filter, that vacuum forces incoming air through that filter. But since that filter is laden with dust, bacteria, and other contaminants, the forced air naturally picks up those particles and carries them into the ambient air inside your home.
Although the filter is designed to clean the incoming air, if you don’t change it (or wash it, if yours is washable) often enough, it’ll do the exact opposite of what it’s designed to do.
Avoid Synthetic Air Fresheners
Synthetic air fresheners might be an effective solution for preventing your bathroom from smelling like a biohazard, but unfortunately, they do more harm than good. Although they’re labeled “fresheners,” the synthetic fragrances that most commercial air freshening products contain are actually polluting your indoor air, not freshening it up.
If you currently use these products, opting for a natural alternative, like an essential oils diffuser, can go a long way toward improving your indoor air quality. Check out these other ways you might be inadvertently polluting your home.
Be Diligent About Using Stove Ventilation
Did you know that stovetop cooking can introduce several potentially harmful compounds to the air inside your home? That’s especially true if you burn something and smoke up the kitchen. Luckily, most range hoods have a built-in solution that can help: the exhaust fan.
To cut down on the amount of pollutants that enter the air while you’re cooking, just flip that exhaust fan to high and let it run while you get your Gordon Ramsay on. If you have a gas or propane stove, it can also add small amounts of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde to the air in your home, so you should be especially diligent about using the exhaust fan whenever your range is on.
Similarly, self-cleaning ovens can also add carcinogenic particulate matter to indoor air when they burn off food waste as part of the cleaning process. To mitigate that pollution, make sure your kitchen is well ventilated by using the exhaust fan, as well as ceiling fans in nearby rooms. Even in winter, it’s a good idea to crack your kitchen windows if you plan to let your oven clean itself.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Dust Doctors
Dealing with poor indoor air quality in your Twin Cities home? Let our team at Dust Doctors help you fix that! We specialize in comprehensive duct cleaning and air purification system installation, both of which can dramatically improve the condition of your indoor air. To learn more or get started, give us a call today at 651-319-9777 or request a free quote, and we’ll get in touch.
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