In case you didn’t know, there is a great tendency for the air you breathe inside your home to be 2 to 5 times more polluted and toxic than the air you breathe outdoors. But this can be the subject of a number of debates, especially when you live in the city center, where exhaust gases from industrial plants and factories pollute the air to an alarming degree. Which leads one to think that it may be safer to stay indoors with centralized air conditioning system than to be exposed for long hours breathing in the highly polluted air of the city.
Although the main function of air conditioner was to produce fresh air and reduce heat in a house, especially in the bedroom, it also has its disadvantages. Air conditioning can be a source of health problems (respiratory ailments), too, especially when you don’t clean it well and regularly. There is also a need for a suitable exhaust system, so that air contaminants from inside the house or room can be flushed through it. But whether you are using an air conditioner or not, there are natural ways you can help keep the air inside your home clean and fresh.
- Quit smoking. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the first step you can take toward your goal of keeping the air inside your home clean and fresh. But if that is difficult for you or you are not ready at this point, you can try building a smoking area that is separate from the main house. You can advise your guests to also use the smoking area when the urge to smoke is irresistible.
- Place air-purifying indoor pot plants in designated areas within your home. Some people may still have doubts as to whether indoor plants can really help purify the air. But many times it has been shown that plants are indispensable for human life. The photosynthesis process they undergo is responsible for the conversion of the carbon dioxide that we exhale into fresh oxygen. And if that wasn’t enough, they can also help eliminate toxins from the air we breathe.
- Clean carpets frequently. A carpet is considered a toxic sponge and it is advisable to clean it frequently, especially carpets placed near the entrance of the house. You wouldn’t know that your carpets could harbor so many germs that make you sick. There’s a great tendency for carpets to become infested with dust-like mice whose excrement particles can mix with the air and thus trigger asthma, eczema, and rhinitis attacks.
- Take off shoes. If you are from outside and want to enter, you must leave your shoes at the door or there must be a designated area near the entrance door to place your shoes. Your shoes (especially the soles part) can carry many things that can be harmful to your health. Among these harmful things are fungal spores, viruses, industrial toxins, dust mites, mutagens, lead dust, pesticides, cigarette ash, coal tar, pollen, wood smoke, and parasites. You also don’t have to go barefoot inside the house; indoor slippers must be worn.
- Use activated charcoal to purify the air. One of the many important uses of activated carbon is that it acts as a filter for the air. It can also be used to filter water. It can effectively remove bad odors. Inside your home, particularly in the bedroom area, activated carbon filters can effectively remove VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that float due to cleaners, paints, refrigerants, kitchen fumes, pet dander, and other products or irritants.