Indoor air quality, clean air at home and particle emissions have been dominating newspaper headlines this year and homewoners are right to be concerned about the quality of the air in a place where we spend so much of our time.
How to have a clean air home
(1) Minimise your use of cleaning products.
Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals and natural cleaning options can be just as effective if not more so. Vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, steam mops and hot water can all help keep the home clean. Vinegar is an excellent all rounder for cleaning and if you don’t like the smell you can easily and naturally add scent to it by infusing it with herbs or citrus peel.
(2) Get some house plants
House plants are not just an attractive addition to your home, they also help naturally purify the air. Plants such as the Peace Lily and Boston Fern help make the atmosphere in your house cleaner by a process known as phytoremediation. They remove pollutants from the air by absorbing gases through their leaves and then these gases are processed by the microorganisms that live in the soil.
(3) Invest in an eco-design ready wood burner
There’s been a lot of concern about wood burners recently but as an article in the Ecologist pointed out “The problem with the recent reports is that they lump together all domestic solid fuels and all types of appliances”
Wood burning stoves such as the Morso range which are manufactured in Denmark and meet stringent Scandinavian emissions are incredibly efficient and produce very little emissions. You should also ensure clean your flue regularly and only burn the driest wood. Burning wood
(4) Ensure your home is well ventilated
When having new windows fitted it’s understandable to want to shut out draughts and the cold, but an entirely airtight home is bad news for air quality. Trickle vents which allow fresh air into your home, are a great solution for condensation and moisture build up. They can be specified at the time of fitting or can be retro fitted by a keen DIYer or alternatively make sure you open windows every day to allow some fresh air inside your home.
(5) Buy unscented candles
It’s thought 81% of people in the UK regularly use scented candles or reed diffusers and manufacturers will soon be required to introduce a labelling scheme to warn consumers about the harmful effects of the worst offending products. Natural wax candles that contain soy or beeswax are the best for health.
(6) Use cosmetics in well-ventilated areas
If you are using hairspray, nail polish remover or perfume it’s wise to apply it in an area that is well ventilated. According to one report the levels of volatile organic compounds in consumer products is now equal to that of motor vehicles and the invisible pollutants from cosmetics end up in the air we breathe in our homes.
(7) Clean your air vents
Bathroom and kitchen extractor fans build up dust and dirt over time and when they are used these particles are recirculated in the home. Make sure you don;’t miss them out from your cleaning routine just because the dirt is hidden from view.