Having good indoor air quality is one way to make the winter season better. It is important, however, to try and get as much time outside as possible each day. As we spend more time inside, poor air quality can have short-term and long-term health effects, such as headaches and itchy eyes or respiratory diseases. With more people working from home and spending less time outside, we have tips and tricks that can help improve your air quality this year.
Focus on the dust
When cleaning your home, it can be easy to focus primarily on clutter or laundry. In order to help improve air quality, it’s important to prioritize areas of the home that get dustier than others. Dust decreases air quality and makes you sneeze or have itchy eyes. Wiping down surfaces such as shelves, behind appliances, or in low traffic areas can improve the air quality overall. Vacuuming rugs and carpets, especially those by the entry door, once or even twice weekly can lessen dust accumulation. Bedding, blankets, and other fabrics can hold allergens in them, and any pet bedding should be washed more frequently.
The easiest way to purify the air is by purchasing an air purifier. These machines help take allergens in the air, clean them, and then redistribute the clean air back into your home. Be sure to clean the filters frequently. More natural solutions that do the same thing are plants and salt lamps. It is recommended to have an air-purifying houseplant every 100 square feet or so in your home to see the best results. Be sure to dust off the leaves with a damp cloth, or you risk neutralizing the effects of the plant. Himalayan salt lamps also work to purify the air by pulling water vapor that includes allergens and pollutants. While these work best when they are plugged in and on, they still have purifying effects when turned off.
Dehumidifiers also work well to purify the air in areas that are more susceptible to moisture, such as basements or garages. Moisture in the air is one of the causes of poor air quality, so using these can help the overall quality of your time.
Open the windows
The most simple solution to improving air quality is by opening the windows. This works if you live in an area that has good outdoor air quality as well. In freezing temperatures, it may be difficult to have the windows open, but doing so for 10 to 15 minutes a day can help push pollutants out.