Does the air in your home ever smell odd or make it hard for you to breathe? Sometimes, even in major cities, people need to take a step outside for a bit of fresh air. I don’t just mean to clear their head in times of stress either. Occasionally the air inside your house or apartment can be of even poorer quality than what is outside because of an array of different pollutants, most of which you unintentionally create yourself. Below are just a few ways that you can increase your indoor air quality (IAQ).
Preventing issues before they start is crucial to keeping high IAQ. Depending on your lifestyle or the kind of friends you have, the number one priority is to ban smoking cigarettes inside your home or apartment. Now, if you currently are a smoker, then chances are you aren’t all that worried about your IAQ. But if some of your friends smoke, try politely telling them you’d prefer it they stepped outside for the five to ten minutes it takes them to light up. Not only will this help keep your place smelling better, but it will also reduce your exposure to second-hand smoke. Good friends will surely respect your wishes.
The next thing you want to do is always ventilate. Activities like cooking, painting your nails, and using hairspray among other things can all release unpleasant odors that will linger. Turning on fans or even just opening up windows can help push out such smells.
Another thing to keep in mind is actually getting rid of odors instead of just covering them up. I know using candles, incense, and wax warmers can be relaxing and make your home feel more inviting. However, using them excessively is known to be a contributing cause of chronic headaches in a significant amount of people. So cutting back on their use has a potential added benefit for you and anyone else living with you. Avoiding expensive air fresheners can also help, as a lot of them have hidden chemicals that actually do more harm than good.
I know it might not be ideal, but taking a few extra minutes to thoroughly clean your home, such as stains on the carpet can eliminate the need for things like candles or air fresheners. If you’re like me and you have pets that you allow in your bed or on the furniture, washing your bed sheets, pillows and cleaning your upholstery with hot water will more easily kill pet dander as well as dust mites.
One more thing to keep in mind is sealing cracks, and being sure not to leave food sitting out that might attract ants or flies so that you don’t have to use harmful pesticides. Throw away old food before it has the chance to grow mold to cut down on particularly offensive smells.
At the end of the day, purchasing an air purifier might be the best idea. And if you’re in need of a filter, visit Permatron for all of your air filtration needs.