Today’s homes are insulated better than ever. This is great for improving energy efficiency. Not so great for the health of your family. The more you seal off your home the more toxins and chemicals you are trapping inside with your family. When you see health issues like allergies and asthma popping up you may find yourself asking how to reduce indoor air pollution.
Why reduce air pollution in your home?
The toxic chemicals building up within your home can lead to allergies, cancer, and other health issues. As these chemicals build up your family will begin to see the effects. Air pollution comes from places you may not think of including your very walls.
We all know cleaning supplies is packed chemicals. Many of us have already made the switch to healthier natural options for cleaning our homes. Chemical cleaners are not the only source of air pollution in your home. In fact, the worst offenders are fabric softeners and air fresheners. The pretty smells you love are pure pollution.
Your home itself is emitting chemicals from the furniture to the walls. Over time these chemicals release and build up within the air of your home because they can not escape due to your well-insulated walls. All of this added together makes the air in your home even more polluted than the air found outdoors. Reducing the air pollution in your home will help improve the air quality and help keep your family healthy.
How to reduce indoor air pollution in your home.
These tips will help you reduce indoor air pollution in your homes air.
Open windows. Yes, the air outside is polluted. Taking the time to open the windows on a nice breezy day will help pull out some of the pollution that has been just sitting around while the doors and windows are closed helping reduce some of the indoor air pollution.
Change filters. Changing filters on heaters and air conditioning systems is a great way to reduce indoor air pollution. Change filters every six months and clean our air vents just as often for an extra boost.
Get house plants to help filter the air and reduce pollution. Indoor plants can reduce the extreme amount of chemicals floating in the air as they work as natural air filters.
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Robin Masshole Mommy says
I need to change filters around my house. We have forced hot air heat, so it gets wicked dusty in here.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
Thanks for sharing these tips. I would have never thought of OPENING the windows to reduce indoor pollutants. It makes sense, though.
Amy Desrosiers says
I have stopped using air freshener sprays here, and do not burn candles. I also try to open my windows whenever possible.
Allie D. says
These are great tips to remember, especially during the winters here. We try to open our windows often, but come winter, that becomes difficult. We do need to change our filter for our heater before we use it again.
You just reminded me that I need to clean out my filters. I cannot wait until I can open up the windows and let the air flow in.
These are all great tips on how to reduce indoor air pollution. I’ll have to get some indoor plants to help filter the air.
I need to change my filters more often since I have pets. I’ve also been trying to use more natural cleaning products.
Heather @ Kraus House Mom says
I open my windows as often as I can. I wish I had more houseplants, I’ll get more when I move.
I didn’t know houseplants helped with that…makes sense though! I try to leave my windows open as much as possible~
Janis @MommyBlogExpert says
This is great information to be sharing since most people only consider the outdoor air to be potentially polluted. Both your tips to open windows and change filters on a regular schedule are sage pieces of advice.
When my husband built our house he put in an air exchanger for just this reason. It really helps around her in fire season when the air outside is so smoky.
Claudia Krusch says
Thanks for sharing these tips. I would have never thought of opening the windows to reduce indoor issues! Loved it!
Kelly Hutchinson says
Thanks for the great tips! I know the air in my home could definitely be a lot cleaner.
Aimee Smith says
These are great tips. I put a reminder in my phone about air filters because I always forget!
I’m really intrigued about using plants to reduce indoor air pollution. I’ve heard it can help with asthma also.
Changing the filters is key when you have the air conditioning 24/7 for six months out of the year. Great tips!
Liz Mays says
I’m guilty of not changing my filters enough, that much I know. I’m making a note now to do that!
Changing filters is so important to keep your air fresh. Thanks for the great tips. I will have to pick up a few house plants to help filter the air.
Ann Bacciaglia says
We have allergies in our family so air quality is important to us. I have a great filter that helps clean the air. I will have to look into what plants help filter.
Dawn gibson-thigpen says
oh wow i need this. both my mom and i totally use this especially in her house.
great tips! my husband always makes sure our filters are changed.