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Did you know the air inside our home is anywhere up to five times more toxic than the air outside? The quality of the air we breathe on a daily basis has a lot to do with our health. If the air in your home is stale and stuffy, with high levels of humidity, you can expect to be exposed to adverse health conditions.
Toxic air can be responsible for flare-ups of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Asthma, upper-respiratory tract infections and sinusitis are also common problems caused by poor air quality in the home.
If you feel that your home’s air could be better, then here are five tips that you can implement today to clear the air and improve your lifestyle ASAP.
A significant issue with poor indoor air quality is ventilation. If fresh air cannot enter rooms in the home, then humidity and moisture will begin to rise. Overly humid areas in the house can invite black mold spores to grow. These spores are detrimental to your health and can flare allergies and create a respiratory infection as well.
Improving the circulation with a high-powered floor fan is a great place to start. The fan will move the air and get rid of hot pockets when the air becomes stale.
If you have the budget, an air conditioning system or evaporative cooler is a fantastic choice to help you improve the air quality in your home. Evaporative coolers suit hot, dry climates when humidity is low. Evap coolers have an efficient operation and cost a fraction of air conditioning systems. However, evaporation coolers do not work as well in humid environments. If you live near the coast, then your best option is an air conditioning system.
Beeswax and Scented Candles
Beeswax scented candles are a terrific way to remove odors and improve air quality in any room. Beeswax candles absorb unpleasant smells from the air and neutralize toxic elements, allergens, and contaminants. They can also ionize the air in your home with their antibacterial function.
Make sure that you avoid any paraffin candles, even if they are scented. These candles release harmful compounds such as benzene and toluene into the air.
Did you know that Himalayan pink salt is a natural air purifying agent? Leaving a salt lamp in a stuffy room will ionize and clean the air. It pulls out all of the stale smelling toxins and neutralizing them.
Salt lamps are as pretty as they are functional and illuminating a room with the lamp creates a lovely low light, orange glow. You can leave the salt lamp on all night without worrying about it disturbing your sleep.
Salt lamps have no harmful toxins or agents that disrupt sleep cycles like other lamps. As a bonus, they even work to purify the air in your home when they are turned off.
Air purifiers are the best option for cleaning the air in very stuffy and humid homes. They draw in the air from the room and process it through a filtration system removing foul odors and expelling clean, freshly scented air.
Air purifiers are incredibly effective at absorbing the excess moisture and odor from the air too. You will also notice their purifying action in just a few minutes after activating the unit. You can find the best air purifier for your home online by doing some simple research. Easy peasy!
Spread houseplants throughout your home to help cleanse the air around you. Plants breathe in used air and expel fresh air. All it takes is one plant for every one-hundred square feet of your home for efficient and effective air cleaning.
Houseplants can remove a wide variety of toxins from the air, and all they require to do their job is a little light and some water. If the rooms in your home have low-light, then consider purchasing a few plants that enjoy growing in the shade. These plants will work wonders to return your home’s air to a pleasant and healthy condition.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.