Most Americans spend 70% or more of their life indoors, so good air quality is vital to your health. If you live in a big city where outdoor pollution is a significant issue, do what you can to optimize the air inside your home.
3 Easy Ways to Improve Air Quality in Your Home:
1) Air Filters/Purifiers
Allergy-sufferers rejoice! Air purifiers significantly reduce dust and pollen levels in your house. If your family or partner has a pet or smokes, an air purifier also helps eliminate urine odors and at least reduces the unpleasant side effects of second-hand smoke.
2) Dehumidifier or Humidifier
While a proper air filtering system is important, particularly if you suffer from allergies, a humidifier or dehumidifier can also be an essential addition to your home. How do you tell which one you need? If you live in an unusually humid climate or suffer from severe mold allergies, a dehumidifier is a must. If you suffer from dry sinuses, chapped lips, and cracked skin during the winter months, definitely look into purchasing a good humidifier. Just make sure to properly clean your humidifier or dehumidifier frequently, as mold and bacteria can quickly build up. Always use distilled or purified water in your humidifier.
Research has shown that spending time outdoors helps reduce anxiety and depression. Science is now showing that improved mood is due in part to the plant life or greenery around us. Plants are Mother Nature\’s air purifier. They reduce levels of specific pollutants and also release water into the air, acting as a natural humidifier.
When purchasing a filter and humidifier, research one that is suitable for the size of your room, or consider looking into a whole-house air purifying or humidifying system if that is in your budget range.