This is one of my favourite days of the week – I get to share another health tip I’ve been researching this week with you guys! I’m super passionate about facts, figures, health, tips. I just love doing research and finding out things for myself, it’s rewarding in its own way. This week I started thinking about what I could do to improve the air quality in my home. I find it gets a bit stuffy in here sometimes and when winter rolls around, the air gets drier and the windows open far less keeping the stale air in.
So what can you do to improve the air quality in your home? Well there are actually more than 5 ways but I’m going to highlight the 5 I found most practical!
1. Open Your Windows
Yes, I know it’s winter. I know it’s negative whatever outside, but opening your windows even for a few minutes at a time allows the stale air inside to escape and fresh air to come in. If you have a room you don’t use as frequently why not leave the window open for an hour or two and leave the door to that room open that way you’ll feel less of the cold in the rest of the house.
2. Change Your Furnace Air Filter Regularly
I feel this is one my husband and I don’t keep on top of, not because we don’t care or don’t want to buy the filters.. Simply because we forget or don’t keep track of the last time a new one was put in. Changing the filters on a regular basis will ensure your furnace is working at optimal capacity and the air its pumping out is the freshest it can be. If you need help remembering when to replace it, place a little note pad or sticky on or around the furnace with a filter change date and keep record of the dates you replaced your filters, the more you use it the more you’ll remember to change it.
3. Bring In Some Plants
Surprisingly there are many plants that you can bring into the home that really help purify and improve the air quality. They have been known to remove harmful toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air and turn it into harmless and pure oxygen. I’ve been looking at a few myself, but since we’re into winter now I’ll have to wait till spring to look into this option. Here’s a great list of some air purifying plants:
4. Avoid Toxic Cleaners And Air Fresheners
A lot of these products are actually worse for our health that the dirt were cleaning it up with. There are so many natural and organic options now that are completely safe alternatives like vinegar, lemon and water. Air fresheners and even candles put out extreme amounts of toxic chemicals in the air, your better off using essential oils or beeswax or soy based candles for cleaner fresher air.
5. Vacuum, Regularly
This is a key point to remember. Just this past weekend we had a friend stay over and she brought her dog. Along came the fur! For those with allergies or sensitivities, keeping dust, dander and pet fur in the home for lengthy periods of time is not a great idea. Vacuuming regularly ensure your cleaning up all these pesks and reducing the possibility of someone having an allergy attack in your home because of the excess dust.
These are the 5 points I’ve found most helpful and work the best in my home! As I mentioned above there are far more options to check out so do your research if you want to know more! Until next time.