Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

June 1, 2019

Indoor air pollutants are often invisible, but that doesn’t mean the damage they cause isn’t real. Indoor air pollutants can cause or exacerbate respiratory problems like asthma and allergies. In some cases, pollutants can even be carcinogenic. Here are some strategies our technicians offer to reduce your exposure to indoor air pollutants.

1. Prevent Pollutants From Getting Inside

The best way to reduce air pollutants is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. Things like smoking and applying nail polish should be done either outside or in a very well-ventilated area. You can also try to reduce the number of harsh chemicals you use to clean your house (perhaps by switching to gentler cleaning brands).

2. Open the Windows Often

In most places, the air outside your house will usually be far cleaner than the air inside. So if it isn’t too cold out and there isn’t too much pollen, feel free to let some fresh air in. Your lungs will thank you for it.

3. Place Houseplants Indoors

Houseplants are wonderful natural air filters, and they look great to boot. Placing several houseplants in a room can do wonders for reducing the number of indoor air pollutants in that area. NASA even did a study on which houseplants work best as air filters, so if you’re looking to buy the most effective plants, you might want to go with English Ivy, Spider Plant or Peace Lily.

4. Choose a Quality Air Filter

The best air filters take out up to 90% of the particulates found in air, so it might be worth it to buy the most effective kind rather than a cheaper filter that won’t purify the air nearly as much.

5. Use Natural Beeswax Candles

Most commercial candles use paraffin wax, which gives off harmful chemicals when burnt. The wicks of these candles also often include lead, which can be released into the air after burning. We get that candles can be very soothing, so we’re not saying you should never light them — just go for more natural alternatives, like beeswax candles.

To improve your indoor air quality, contact us at Air Patrol Air Conditioning, Heating & Fireplaces in Farmers Branch. Our crew can come up with a custom solution for your property. We also offer heating, cooling, and home audit services.