When you have molds
in duct, dirt and dust in your air ventilation system, clogged air filter,
the overall quality of air in your home is compromised. This unhealthy air in
your house can cause many respiratory diseases for your family members. To
ensure this doesn’t happen to you, make sure to go through air duct cleaning a routine HVAC system checkup. However,
there are other ways to ensure the molds, microorganisms and other unhealthy
aspects of the air in your home is handled with minimal impact. Here are the
things to inherent in your home for better air quality –
Inherit nature for clean air
Houseplants don’t only increase the beauty of your home.
They have more impact on indoor air quality than you would think.
In theory, these houseplants clean the air by breathing. But
their breathing is vastly different from ours. While we, humans breathe Oxygen
in and breathe out Carbon Di-Oxide, the trees breathe the other way around.
They breathe in Carbon Di-Oxide and breath out the Oxygen. This
way, you are getting fresh oxygen to breathe while getting rid of Carbon
Di-Oxide from your home. Basically, by bringing the house plants in your house,
you are building a symbiotic relationship which facilitates indoor air
filtration, fresh Oxygen production while contributing to the beauty of your
home. Here are some common houseplants that can ensure fresh air indoors –
1. Aloe Vera Plant
As you know, the aloe vera plants have some incredible
health benefits. But along with their herbal advantages, they also contribute
to the beauty of your house. That also without taking much space since you know
that aloe vera plants don’t spread that much. They can also work as an
indicator for your indoor air quality. Their leaves will turn brown when there are
harmful chemicals in the air, letting you know that it’s time to take drastic steps.
2. English Ivy
For their exceptional quality to filter formaldehyde, NASA
scientists have said English Ivy plants are the best houseplants.
3. Snake Plant
This is only dangerous by name. Other than that, it’s
helpful in every way. However, there is one distinctive attribute of this
plant. While other plants breathe out oxygen during the day, these snake plants
breathe oxygen at night.
4. Rubber Tree
Rubber tree requires little to no care and can survive in
places with poor lighting. That’s why they are best for cold environments. The
reason why they are used in households is that they can remove toxins from the
5. Red Edged Dracaena
To filter toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene,
xylene, etc. these red edged are very efficient. Besides, they are also
beautiful to look at, if decorated properly.
6. Bamboo Palm
Like the English Ivy, these Bamboo plans are also in NASA’s
list of effective houseplants. This is mainly because they are very good at
filtering harmful trichloroethylene and benzene from the air.
Use house cleaning products that are non-toxic
Most of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances have toluene,
aldehydes among other toxic chemicals. That’s why any products with fragrance
and chemicals can be harmful to the indoor air.
1. Always choose fragrance-free or unscented products for
house cleaning and laundry. Remember most of the laundry detergents, soda, and
cleaning agents include harmful toxic. So, use the best available organic option
you can find.
2. If you cannot but help buying scented products, make sure
the scents are derived organically.
3. If the air is spreading unpleasant scents, use baking
soda. It will eliminate odors from the house.
4. Avoid aerosol spray products since they use harmful
Paint with No or Low VOCs or Eco-Friendly Paint
If you didn’t know, VOC is the acronym for the volatile
organic compound. Since they are volatile, all of these compounds emit gas by
vaporizing. They can emit the gas long after they have dried. For example, the
paint we use in our home emits only 50 percent of the total VOC in its first
year. That why fresh paints are much harmful. These VOCs from synthetic harmful
paint can cause nausea and headaches.
Remember, VOC enriched air in your house can exponentially
increase the risks of respiratory diseases like asthma and allergies. That’s
why it is crucial you use only the paints that have low VOC or no VOC at all.
Since it is difficult to find paints that are completely free, you might want
to go with low VOC paints. They will still be labeled “VOC free”.
But the VOC limit for a paint to be called VOC free may vary
from place to place. So, don’t forget to read the labels.
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