As promised in our Houseplant appreciation post, here are 5 Easy Tips to Improve Your Home Air Quality.
Utilize floor mat at every door: All sorts of chemicals can enter your home via the dirt on shoes. Door mats reduce the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home.
Avoid artificial/synthetic fragrances: You may associate that lemon or piney fresh scent with a clean home. Unfortunately synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. Most fragrances are derived from petroleum products, and generally haven’t been tested to see if they have any significant adverse health effects in humans when they are inhaled.
Increase your Ventilation: Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, utilizing window or attic fans, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate.
Keep your sheets and clothes clean: Dust mites are a leading cause of poor air quality. They often hang out in the fabric of your homes such as bedding, cushions, and curtains. Clean these items regularly in low allergenic washing soap, including your pillows, to get rid of those mites.