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Keep Your Home’s Air Quality Safe With These Tips

We keep our homes safe with locks and security systems and fire detectors, but many of us aren't doing quite enough to protect one of our house’s most important, most overlooked safety considerations: the air quality.

Poor air quality in your home can contribute to allergies, trouble breathing, illness and even chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. In other words, what you can’t see can hurt you — and the people you love.

Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to improve the air quality in your home. Read on to find out how.

Go Green

One of the simplest ways you can purify the air in your home is to add plants. Plants naturally clean the air, taking in pollution through their leaves and roots and emitting fresh oxygen. Pollutants removed include ammonia, trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene.

The best plants for this purification process include:

  • the garden mum

  • weeping fig

  • peace lily

  • dracaena

  • spider plant

  • snake plant

  • Ferns

  • aloe vera

  • bamboo

You have lots of options, and no excuses! Pick up a plant and purify your air.

Clean Your Carpets

You may vacuum, but that’s not enough to really clean the air in your home. Yes, it will remove most surface dust and dirt, but the grime and germs deep within the pile hold fast, making your carpets and rugs one of the dirtiest places in your house — 700 times dirtier than your toilet seat. If you have pets and a busy household, your floor is probably even more filthy.

Thanks to the roughly 200,000 bacteria per square inch (which include the likes of e.coli and salmonella), side-effects of a dirty carpet include respiratory distress, sore throat, cough, fatigue, red eyes, skin irritation and headaches.

The solution is simple: invest in carpet cleaning by professionals. Ideally, you should have this done twice a year: more if someone in your house has allergies or breathing issues. You can get away with less if your carpet is in a room that is seldom used, like a formal living room or guest bedroom.

Change Your Filter

It seems obvious, but we often forget to change the air filter on our furnaces. Your furnace filter will need to be changed every 2-3 months to guarantee optimal air quality, though the exact amount will depend on how large your filter is, and if you have pets. However, 2 to 3 months is a good rule of thumb, and when in doubt, check! If the filter is dirty, change it.

That’s it! Just three simple steps you can employ to help purify the air in your home and increase your quality of life. 

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