The air quality in your home can have a huge influence over your health and comfort. Poor-quality air can trigger asthma attacks, severe allergies, and even cause illnesses, leading to a downward spiral of health issues. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do that make an immediate difference in your air quality, helping you obtain the relief you desperately need. Here are just four of them.
Change Your Air Filter
The air filter in your heating and air conditioning system is one of the most inexpensive and yet extremely important parts of one of your home’s most often-used appliances. However, many people find it really easy to forget about their air filter and let it go for months or even years without even so much as a second thought. You should be checking your air filter every month and changing it every three months or so, depending on how often it gets dirty.
Open Your Windows
Believe it or not, the air inside your home is probably far worse than the air outside, even on a bad day. Opening your windows for five to ten minutes per day can make a dramatic difference when it comes to both your overall health as well as the condition of your home. Fresh air keeps household odors at bay and allows stale, stagnant air to be replaced. Want to avoid opening your windows during the heat of summer? Do it at night, when the temperatures are more reasonable!
Do you have carpet throughout your home? What about a large collection of rugs throughout your floors? Fabric flooring materials have an uncanny ability to trap dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, and other airborne allergens, which you then kick up again as you walk along them. Vacuuming the high-traffic areas of your home once every week or two can make a huge difference when it comes to your allergies and asthma symptoms, especially if you have household pets.
Invest in Plants
Decorating with plants that naturally filter the air not only help keep pollutants out but keep the air fresh and rich in oxygen. English ivy and Variegated snake plants are both great for filtering out chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene (plus others), while Peace Lily and Florist’s chrysanthemums filter all of this, plus ammonia! (Don’t eat the berries, however, and keep them away from children, they’re toxic.)