—Part 3 of the Series—
Four Ways to Clean Up Your Indoor Air
In Part 2 of the series, you learned that indoor air is generally dirtier and less healthy than outdoor air. Although initially, you might have been incredulous, you must admit that the facts about poor indoor air quality are glaringly clear.
After all, air is trapped within your home, and so many of your home products and activities add to the mess like air fresheners and cleaning products.
By now, you’ve probably cut back on air fresheners and switched cleaning products.
Or, at least you are seriously considering it, right?
In this part of the series, you will learn four ways to clean up your indoor air.
Some are so simple. One or two may surprise you.
1. Let the fresh air in
Simply open your windows to improve the quality of your indoor air.
Since you know that the indoor air is actually dirtier than outdoor air, airing out your house will go a long way toward improving what you breathe indoors.
Pretty easy, right?
The next one may surprise you.
2. Live with plants
That’s right. You’ll want to load up on indoor plants.
But not just any plants. You’ll want the ones that are scientifically proven to absorb VOCs.
Dr. Bill Wolverton who is an Environmental Scientist and wrote “Plants: Why You Can’t Live Without Them” explains the science and studies that support using plants as air cleaners.
You’ll need two plants in 10-12″ pots per 100 sq. ft.
Here’s the list of plants. Pay special attention to the type of VOCs the plant is best at absorbing.
- Thrives in low sunlight
- Absorbs formaldehyde (carpeting, curtains, plywood, particle board furniture and adhesives)
- Adapts well to low light but is poisonous to pets
- Rids air of the VOC benzene (paints, furniture wax and polishes) and acetone (electronics, adhesives and some cleaners)
- Tree-like species
- Targets ammonia (cleaners, textiles and dyes)
- One of the most efficient air purifying plants for formaldehyde according to study published in HortScience
- Requires moisture and humidity to thrive
- Removes formaldehyde (carpeting, curtains, plywood, particle board furniture and adhesives)
Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
- Thrives in low light
- Lowers carbon dioxide and rids air of formaldehyde and benzene
- Easy to grow
- Reduces formaldehyde and benezene
So, if you recently bought new carpet, furniture or laminate flooring you may want to consider English Ivy, Boston Ferns, Snake Plants or Spider Plants.
Peace Lily’s are perfect for your entertainment area since they will absorb the acetone from the electronics.
No green thumb? Too much plant life? Consider the next approach.
3. Love your air cleaner
Air cleaners are a smart option. In fact, you may just end up loving your air cleaner.
If you buy the right air cleaner, it will:
~Remove airborne dust, mold and pollen.
Can you picture less dust gathering? It’s a nice visual, isn’t it?
Think about it. It solves the air freshener problem, doesn’t it?
A word of caution though.
Not all air cleaners/purifiers are created equal. Many are only equipped with a single HEPA filter that can’t handle VOCs and odors.
Doesn’t do you much good, right?
Find out which air cleaners are worth it.
The final way to clean up your indoor air is an unusual one.
4. Let your drywall do the work
Yes, drywall exists that absorbs VOCs for 75 years even when painted with up to 25 coats.
How does it work?
The drywall captures and converts VOCs into inert compounds and safely stores the compounds within the board.
You’re skeptical, right?
No need to be skeptical because the claims were validated by UL Environment and certified by Greenguard Indoor Air Quality. Both reliable certifications. Check out www.airrenew.com for more information.
Unless you are renovating or building new, it may not be practical to redo your entire home, but it could make sense to do the bedrooms and nursery.
Ready For Clean Air and Cheerfulness?
You’re loaded with ways to do some clean up and start breathing cleaner air.
What’s the benefit?
Living with cleaner indoor air means you’ll be healthier and if Joseph Addison is right, more cheery too!
“Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other”
Could you do me a favor and share this with your friends?