Simple Steps to a Healthier Life - Improving the Air Quality in Your Home and Outside
Did you know that a healthy, balanced home can improve your energy levels, increase cognitive function, boost productivity, decrease stress, and even inspire you to eat better? Transforming the health of your home does not have to be complicated or expensive. Let’s dive into some ways to improve the overall air quality of your home.
Air Quality and a Healthy Home
Building materials, furnishings, finishes, and household items like cleaners and body care products emit toxins that negatively impact the air you breathe. Poor air quality can cause irritation of the eyes nose and throat, inflammation of the lungs, headaches, shortness of breath, and even an increased risk of cancer. Improve the air quality of your home in these simple ways:
Add a Shoe Rack by Your Entryway
When walking around outside, your shoes collect heavy metals, bacteria, pesticides, and other pollutants! When you wear your shoes indoors, these harmful materials are tracked through your home. A shoe rack will encourage family members and guests to remove shoes before entering.
Regularly Test Your Home
Before buying a home or starting a renovation, make sure to have your home tested for asbestos and lead paint. While it is illegal to sell a home with asbestos or lead paint, many sellers overlook this important step; so, it is important to conduct your own testing.
Naturally, filter your home with green houseplants! Many plants act as natural air filters. Make sure that you only water the plants an adequate amount, as overwatering can lead to mold growth and poor plant health.
Check Those Dryer Vents
Regularly maintain and make sure that your dryer duct is clear, and that it is properly venting air to the outside of your home. Dryer vents that exhaust into (and across) an unconditioned space can fill with moisture. As enough condensation builds up, it can prevent proper exhaust and may back up unclean air into your home.
Say No to Fragrance
Air fresheners, perfumes, and beauty products all contain chemicals that can contribute to chemical pollution within your home. Additionally, many commercially made, store-bought candles are petroleum-based. These candles, in addition to leaving smoke stains on your walls, can also release harmful materials into the air.
Ventilate Your Kitchen
Make sure that your range’s vent hood is operational. Regularly check-in to make sure that the vent is releasing air outside. Turn on the hood 15 minutes prior to cooking, and leave it on for at least 15 minutes after finishing cooking. It is also smart to turn on the vent hood while cleaning your kitchen as well.
But You Can’t Stay Inside Forever…
Once you have created the optimal surroundings inside your home, why stop there? You will need to go out eventually. Protect yourself from the air around you while venturing out with PurifyPal. PurifyPal is a personal, wearable air purification system. Worn around the neck like a necklace, PurifyPal will clean the air around your head using negative ions. Protect yourself, add a PurifyPal personal air purifier to your cart today!