Living In The Smog? 3 Ways To Reduce Indoor Air Pollution
Air pollution is a serious problem in our world today, and a threat to the health of millions upon millions. If you live in an area that is constantly shrouded in smog or the outside air is known to be pretty contaminated, you might be wondering what you can do to keep the air in your home as clean as possible. Fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce indoor air pollution
1. Invest In Better Windows
If your home is old or has certain types of windows installed that are more drafty than others, invest in newer, better windows that keep more outside air out of your home. Probably your best bet are picture windows, which look very aesthetically pleasing on most homes and do not open at all. Newer windows of other styles that open still keep outside air out better than older windows where the sealant might be compromised or the window damaged in some way. Do be aware that sealing off outside air can create new problems, including trapping chemicals, pollutants and allergens in your home with no way to disperse or delude them.
2. Have Indoor Plants
Indoor plants not only make your home look prettier, they act as natural air purifiers. So rather than buying chemical air purifiers in stores, which can actually make the air quality in your home worse, get some houseplants instead. If you have children or pets, though, be careful not to bring any plant into your home that is toxic.
3. Air Filtration
Air purifiers and other types of air filtration systems are another great option to keep mucky air out of your home. You can go about this a number of ways, first by simply placing a few individual air purifiers throughout your home in strategic locations. Make sure the filters themselves are replaced or cleaned at regular intervals so your systems continue to operate at their best capacity. Also know that air filters and purifiers have their limits, and are not able to remove every contaminant from the air.
Air quality in the world at large and in your home is a very real concern, as smoggy, mucky air can cause real health complications and diseases over time. If you are worried about the air that comes into your home, look into the methods above to see what you can do. Other things you can do include keeping your house's humidity at ideal levels, never allowing smoking in your home and cleaning and vacuuming regularly. With a little bit of effort, you can get the air in your home as clean as it can be.
Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. For heating and air condition professionals Emma recommends Action Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2