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pleasant indoor environment is essential to a healthy living. No doubt, air is the most vital part of it. Obviously, the best way to revive the indoor air quality is opening windows for a few minutes. But what are the other possible ways of getting around it?
5 easy ways to maintain a healthy indoor air quality
- Let Fresh Air Inside
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This is one of the most obvious things to do for energize the inside air. Keeping the windows open not only mixes the old air with the new one, but also helps in reducing the concentration of toxic chemicals such as CO2 (carbon dioxide). The indoor air quality is usually poorer than the external environment. Instead of waiting for the next morning to open the windows, open them when you feel a need of light and fresh air.
Whenever you bring in a new piece of furniture or do a whitewash, open the windows to let the old polluted air leave the place. As a rule of thumb, keep the windows open for 5 to 10 minutes on a daily basis, even when you are not aware of the polluted air inside your home/office.
- Maintaining a Heating and Air Conditioning System
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Our places are continuously exposed to dust particles through the constant use of heating and air conditioning systems. This makes it necessary to maintain and clean the furnace and AC filters regularly. You can consult a certified technician or check the procedure online.
- HousePlants in Your Home
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The NASA Clean Air Study suggests elimination of toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the indoor air by using houseplants. The roots and foliage of these plants absorb the chemicals present in the air. However, the plants’ pollutant removal rate is small and does not account for capturing all the air pollution.
Additionally, English ivy and Snake plants help in blocking and filtering out the pollutant elements such as xylene, toluene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene. You can also plant Peace lily or Florist’s chrysanthemum, as both are quite effective to filter out chemicals like ammonia. However, be careful about Peace lily and English ivy’s leaves, as they are extremely toxic.
- Do not Smoke Inside
The smoke exhaled from mouth after a drag of cigarette consists of 4,000 different chemicals, making the entire environment full of risky chemicals. However, there is an obvious solution around this; either quit smoking yourself or step outside when you have an urge.
- Maintain Humidity between 30 to 50 Percent
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Maintaining specific humidity levels inside your place will help limit the growth of dust mites and mold. Molds and allergens such as mycotoxins cause serious allergic reactions and health issues like runny nose, eye and skin irritation etc. Even the non-allergic people can suffer from these adverse health effects due to the growth of mold and dust mites in the air, as found in a study by the Institute of Medicine in 2004.
In short, you must do the following to ensure clean air:
- Monitor humidity levels with a smart monitor
- Use dehumidifier for controlling allergens and moisture
- Keep the windows open while cooking and taking a shower
- Work around water leaks in home
- Do not forget to empty air conditioners’ drip pans
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