What Helps Clean the Apartment Air?
Did you know that, according to the EPA, indoor air pollution is in the top five environmental dangers? The EPA estimates that indoor air can have nearly five times the amount of pollutants as outdoor air—and some homes face 100 times more!.
Celebrate National Clean Air Month by taking steps to improve the air quality in your apartment. Here are five ways you can do just that:
1. Open the Windows
Don’t be shy about opening your windows and doors to let some fresh air in. Even a few minutes can circulate enough fresh air to cut down on the contaminants in your indoor air—and help you save on indoor cooling costs at the same time.
2. Run an Air Purifier
An air purifier is another great way to improve your air quality. This device basically sanitizes allergens and toxins in the air. Certain versions also filter particles out. If you go this route, make sure the air purifier you use is large enough to tackle the room it’s in. You may need multiple units in your home, or a larger unit to benefit your entire apartment.
3. Diffuse Essential Oils
Fire up your diffuser, because essential oils have been shown to hinder the growth bacteria in the air. Not only that, but you’ll also enjoy the other benefits of essential oils like stress reduction and pleasant scents.
4. Keep Houseplants
That’s right: A number of houseplants have been shown to effectively remove toxins, like formaldehyde and benzene, from the air. Just be sure to do your research before becoming a plant owner. Pick the plant variety that will thrive in the natural light conditions that your apartment presents, and be aware that certain plants could be harmful to pets and children. Do your research, and be selective based on your circumstances!
5. Reduce VOCs
Did you know that many furniture items and cleaning supplies, to name a few, create pollutants in your air? These pollutants are called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are linked to both mild and serious health complications. Reduce your exposure by selecting high-quality furniture and textiles manufactured with natural ingredients (that declare low VOC levels). In addition, consider making your own natural cleaning products. They are safe, clean well, and both your health and wallet will thank you!
Cleaner air is a first step to a healthier you! By implementing these five steps, you can enjoy cleaner air this month and all year long!