Three Ways To Reduce Pollution In Your Indoor Air

Posted on: 27 September 2016

Although large cities often have smog problems, in most areas of the country you may actually have less polluted air outside than inside. There are several reasons for this, one of which is inadequate ventilation, but there are also several steps you can take to reverse the trend and make sure you're only breathing clean air when you come home in the evenings. In addition to hiring professional cleaning services to reduce dust in the air, you can work towards cleaner indoor air by using these three steps to filter out contaminants and avoid adding new contaminants to your indoor environment. 

  1. Plants

Growing several large houseplants inside your home can significantly help eliminate VOCs, according to a study by NASA. Different plants have different specialties, though; some like to inhale benzene while others prefer to absorb mold spores. So if you diversify by getting several different types of houseplants, you can increase the potential benefit to your indoor air quality. Some of the plants that have been found to be great at improving air quality this way include peace lilies, ivy, chrysanthemums, and more.

2. Green cleaners

If you avoid spraying chemicals around your house in the first place, it makes sense that you'll have fewer of them floating in the air. And not only do many chemical cleaners give off fumes, but they often come in convenient spray bottles, making it even easier for them to take to the air. So choosing green cleaners can help you reduce contaminants and enjoy cleaner air in your home. When shopping for natural cleaners, check for the words "plant-based" and read the ingredients list to see if they have ingredients you recognize. Not everything that says "natural" on the bottle is created equal.  

3. Air filters

 First of all, it's imperative to keep the air filter on your AC system in good shape. Otherwise dust will get through it, spread through the ductwork, and go all over the house along with any other contaminants that managed to push through the filter. But if you're really serious about having clean indoor air, you may also want to install a separate air filtration system and/or air purification system. In addition to dust, these can catch pollen, mold spores, pet fur and dander, and more.  

These three steps will help you to improve the quality of your indoor air so that each time you come home from work you can relax in a setting free from contaminated air, pollutants, and respiratory irritants.