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Tips To Improve The Air Quality Of Your Room

Updated on February 7, 2016

Tips To Improve The Air Quality Of Your Room


The air inside your room may be loaded with pollutants such as lead, formaldehyde, fire retardants, radon, and volatile chemicals from conventional cleaners. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the air within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air, even in the most industrialized cities. According to the EPA, there are three basic categories of indoor air pollutants, that include the following:

  1. Combustion pollutants: These include Carbon monoxide and Nitrogen dioxide gases or particles that come from woodstoves, gas stoves, water heaters, dryers, and fireplaces, that are either improperly vented or not vented at all.
  2. Volatile organic compounds: These include benzene, acetone, ethylene glycol, and formaldehyde found in paints, varnishes, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, building materials and furnishings, glues, adhesives, air fresheners and dry cleaned clothes.
  3. Mold, second-hand smoke and pet dander.

Some Houseplants Moonlight As Efficient Air Purifiers


Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality

  1. Mopping and regular vacuum cleaning. Various chemicals accumulate and settle in the household dust for decades. Using a vacuum with an HEPA filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Air), you can reduce the concentration of lead, brominated fire retardants, pollen etc. in your room air. In high traffic areas, vacuum the same spot several times. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. New microfiber mops capture more dust and dirt than their traditional counterparts. Put a large floor mat at every door. This reduces the amount of dirt and pollutants that people bring in on their shoes. Consider removing shoes at the door.
  2. Maintain the humidity level. Keeping humidity around 30-50% helps keep mold under control. A dehumidifier helps reduce the moisture level indoors. Fix plumbing leaks, use an exhaust fan when cooking or bathing.
  3. Minimize chemical pollutants. Avoid smoking indoors. Minimize use of harsh solvent-based cleaners with a strong fragrance. Control car and appliance exhaust. Do not idle lawnmowers or engines in the garage, especially those that are attached to the house.
  4. Buy machine washable beddings. Wash pillows, sheets, and comforters, at least on a weekly basis.
  5. Ensure proper ventilation. Open doors and windows when the temperature and humidity levels permit. Make sure that fuel-burning furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, exhaust fans and other appliances are vented to the outside well away from the windows.
  6. Do not remove asbestos. It is a mineral fiber that can be found in many older homes. Pipe coverings, flooring, and roofs are likely places to find it. Check asbestos containing materials regularly for damage. Do not try to remove asbestos that is already in place. If the material is damaged or you plan to remodel, always get professional help.
  7. Houseplants to purify room air. Some houseplants such as the Dwarf date palm, Areca palm, Bamboo palm, Red-edged dracaena, Boston fern, English ivy, Money plant, and Peace lily moonlight as efficient air purifiers. For best results, put as many plants as you can care for, in the room you use the most. Be sure not to overwater, as too much soil moisture leads to mold growth. The dense foliage of English ivy excels at absorbing formaldehyde, the most prevalent indoor air pollutant which shows up in wood floorboard resins and synthetic carpet dyes. Dracaena, also known as corn plant, is best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes, and gasoline. Boston fern is easy to grow, good at filtering air, and resilient.
  8. Use of natural air fresheners. Natural substances such as coffee grounds can cut certain smells. You can use fresh or used coffee grounds, but if you are going with used, let them dry out a bit. Place them in a bowl wherever you need an odour removed or wrap them up in a coffee filter or old stocking and hang them in a closet or from a shelf. To prepare a custom potpourri, you require dried flowers. Put them in a container and add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Close the container and allow the flowers to absorb oil for a couple of weeks. Then arrange all of your ingredients in a bowl or jar. Small sachets or pouches of scent filled with spices, incense cones, and essential oil soaked makeup pads or cotton balls can also be used. You can even make your own scented wooden blocks and place them in the corners of your room. For this, you require wooden blocks, small paint brushes, and scented oil or perfume. By either painting or spraying on it, cover each wood block with oil or perfume. Then put them in a closed container with extra oil. Shake it up to make sure that the wood blocks are coated with the oil. Let the blocks sit in the oil overnight so that everything is absorbed.

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