Five simple ways to improve air quality in your home

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Last week’s change the world Wednesday challenge had us busy preparing our homes for fall.

One of the most important aspects of winter preparation for me, is getting my family’s immunity in top shape.

For us this involves eating nourishing foods, using manuka honey and taking herbs such as echinacea. In our home, air quality monitoring is paramount.

But why should you care? Surely air quality is better inside your home than outside? Well according to the EPA, the air inside homes and buildings is on average two to five times more polluted than the air in even the most industrial cities! TSI say that poor indoor air quality is listed as a top five health concern by most major associations and agencies worldwide. So it makes sense to keep the air inside your home as clean as possible.

Here are five simple ways to improve the air quality in your home:

Air filters

Air filters remove dust and allergens from the air. There are many different types available so you need to shop around for your needs. You’ll find models that sterilise the air and ionisers that produce negative ions to ease fatigue and headaches.

Essential oils

I run an oil burner every day with a selection of anti-bacterial and anti-viral oils such as thyme, cinnamon, lavender and tea tree. These help cleanse the air and it is important to use anti depressant oils if you’re prone to Seasonal Effective Disorder – three of my favourites are rose, bergamot and clary sage.

Humidity

It’s important to get humidity right in your home – not to dry, not to moist. Moisture encourages mould and mildew which can be detrimental to health. If your home is too dry, place bowls of water near heaters. If your home is too moist you might need to use a dehumidifier.

Plants

NASA have discovered that house plants are wonderful for removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air. They suggest you use around 16 house plants to improve air quality in an average 1,800 square foot house; with Gerbera daisy and Peace Lillies being two of the best.

Open windows!

No matter what the weather, try and open a couple of windows in your home just for five minutes a day. Yes it will be chilly for a while but you’ll get stale air moving, bring fresh air into your home and allow the energy to flow freely around your home.

What about you – how do you ensure the air in your home is good enough to breathe?

4 Comments

  1. Emily on October 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Sounds like a good excuse to go get some houseplants. We usually get the best filters for the furnace since I have lots of seasonal allergies.



  2. The Detox Diva on October 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I love this post! We do all of the above except the opening windows (we can do this only in the winter it seems) otherwise we would have a foot of sand over everything. (That happens as it is) We use these charcoal filled bags in every room though (I think they call them Mojo bags) and thus far they seem to help too. Thanks for the great tips!



  3. [email protected] eco friendly homemaking on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 am

    These are great tips. I love having plants inside because they really do make a difference. We use a lot of essential oils. So many people don’t realize that if they use fragrance oils that they are so full of harmful chemicals. Essential oils are so much better for you and the environment!



  4. Zoe @ecothrifty on November 3, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I keep thinking about getting those house plants that help purify the air. At the moment we only have cactuses, orchids and aloe Vera as they are very low maintenance and I’m not good at watering!



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