How To Improve Indoor Air Quality Naturally
Your home should be a fortress that keeps you safe from harm. Unfortunately, the air inside it can often become so polluted that your home causes you harm instead of protecting you from it. Typically, poor indoor air quality is caused by the closed and sealed nature of a home, which prevents pollutants from leaving and fresh air from entering. Fortunately, there are several natural solutions to the problem of poor indoor air quality. Here are a few that should help spark some ideas of your own.
Plants are often appreciated for their ability to purify the air outdoors. Fortunately, these same air-purifying properties also apply to plants that are indoors. Plants absorb carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds and other common indoor pollutants, releasing fresh oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Therefore, if you want to purify your home’s air, a thriving garden of indoor plants is a great place to begin.
Another great way to absorb pollutants and foul odors in your home is to use activated charcoal. Activated charcoal typically comes in cloth pouches of various sizes and is made from the charred remains of bamboo and other plants. Due to the millions of tiny pores naturally present in this substance, it acts as a natural odor reducer and pollutant trapper. The best part is that most activated charcoal is effective for at least two years. It only needs to be “recharged” by placing it in the sun every few months.
While open windows may not be practical in every season, the fresh air they provide is an important tool in keeping your home’s air clean when you can have them open. As long as the outdoor air quality isn’t too low, opening your windows will help remove indoor pollutants and bring in fresh outdoor air. To speed up this process, you can use box fans placed in multiple windows to either draw in or expel air around your home.
Stop Pollutants Before They Start
The best way to improve indoor air quality is to stop the pollutants before they have a chance to be released into the air of your home. In some cases, your HVAC system may be one cause of the problem. To limit these pollutants, have your system properly maintained by Hoff Heating & AC in O’Fallon. If necessary, we can also repair any heating or cooling system or replace it altogether. You can rely on us for all your HVAC needs. Call our office today.