How To Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

Most people assume that the air inside their house is a lot cleaner than the air outside. There are cars and factories etc. pumping fumes into the air out there but inside your home, you don’t have any of that. So, surely it’s cleaner? Actually, no it isn’t. The air inside buildings is often 2 to 5 times more polluted than it is outside. It’s a little cleaner if you live in a rural area but even then, you’re still going to have a lot of nasty stuff in the air inside your home. That’s a big problem because it can have a serious effect on your health, especially if somebody in the family has asthma or other respiratory issues. But don’t worry, there are things that you can do to clean the air inside your home.



Get An Air Purifier

Getting an air purifier is the quickest and easiest way to keep the air in your home clean. It’ll suck in the air and filter out all of the pollutants in it before releasing it back into the home. Air purifiers are good for smoke and fumes as well so if somebody in the house is a smoker, or you live near a busy road etc. it’ll get rid of those pollutants. Get one or two and put them around the house. If you’re particularly worried about it, you should run them all the time but really you just need to keep them on for a few hours at a time to clean the air.


House Plants

Air purifiers are great but they take up quite a bit of space and they’re not the most attractive looking things. If you want a more natural solution, you should get yourself some house plants. They’ll take in the carbon dioxide in the air and convert it to oxygen, cleaning the air in the process. They also look great around the home and make it feel a lot brighter. Any house plant is going to help purify the air but some are a lot better than others. Check out this list of the best plants for air purification and get some of them in your house right away.



The paint that you put on the walls can sometimes release harmful chemicals into the air so you’ve got to be careful. If you live in an older property, always test for lead paint and have professionals come in to remove it if there is any. When you’re decorating, always look for paints that are labelled low VOC (volatile organic compounds). They contain far lower amounts of the toxic chemicals that you find in standard paints.


Clean Carpets Properly

Studies into air quality show that carpets can be a big help. They trap a lot of dust and dirt which, on a hardwood floor, would be disturbed and put back into the air. When cleaned, you vacuum up all of those pollutants and remove them. However, that only works if you’re cleaning the carpets thoroughly. If you don’t, you’ll get the opposite effect and those pollutants will gradually seep back into the air and make air quality worse rather than better.  


The air quality in your house can seriously affect your health so make sure you’re taking the right steps to improve it.