Cleaning the Air at Home
Despite some teasing from Mother Nature, there is still some time before Spring is Sprung and we spend more time outside than in. The draw of being outside is basking in the fresh air. The air is fresh, mostly, and clean and supplies much needed oxygen to our blood. There is nothing better than fresh air. There are various ways to clean the air inside the home for the freshest possible indoor air. Removing pollutants, irritants, and allergens will help to make these last few weeks of winter healthier.
Air purifiers remove airborne particles, like dust, pollen, and pet dander from the air. Air purifiers also help in minimizing smoke and other odors. Basic units are designed to clean the air, and if you or a family member suffers from asthma. Look for a unit that use UV-C technology that kills germs by emitting short-wave ultraviolent light. Air purifiers are designed to clean rooms based on size, so look for one for a particular room. Make sure to clean the unit and replace the filter regularly.
Whether you sauté, steam, stir-fry, or pan sear your meals, the aroma isn’t all you get. Cooking emits steam, moisture, and grease vapors. Minimize these by engaging the range hood. A good range hood will suck out the steam and moisture and either recycle after filtering, or completely remove them through an exterior vent. The range hood or downdraft ventilation should be the appropriate size for the stove and for the room. Don’t cook without turning the unit on first, and clean the filter regularly to ensure its effectiveness.
Minimize mold and mildew from the damp areas in your home using a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier takes in the air and removes the moisture, leaving drier air. Look for a unit a built-in humidistat so that you can set your personal humidity level. Depending on how humid your home gets, you will need to empty the unit as it fills.
Know the easiest way to keep down dust and pet dander? Vacuuming. Regular vacuuming eliminates dust, pet dander, even dust mites. A vacuum with a HEPA filter will help combat any irritants in your home. The High Efficiency Particle Air filter captures microscopic particles for even better air quality.
Finally, houseplants will help to clean the air. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants absorb the carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. Plants not only make us feel good because they are beautiful, but designed to help us live. Outside air is fresh because of trees and grass. Bring a little of that freshness indoors with plants. Position a houseplant about every 10 feet, or one per average size room.
Don’t forget to dust regularly to remove surface allergens. If you have ceiling fans, clean the blades regularly – the blades are magnets for dust and will recycle the dust into the air when in operation.
Being indoors doesn’t have to be a confining experience. Play games, curl up with a good book, and breathe in the clean indoor air.