Air purification has been gaining interest as we learn more about indoor air pollution and how it affects our health. Even a decade ago, it was natural to view air purification equipment with skepticism, but things have changed. Now that we are aware how indoor air can be many times more polluted than outdoor air, we’re taking greater care to ensure we’re not contributing to pollution that could aggravate respiratory ailments. Fortunately, there are ways to improve indoor air quality through purification.
Natural Air Purification
Here are some easy ways to improve air quality.
- Add plants to your home. We’re not talking one or two; rather, many good-sized plants, including areca palms, ficus plants, and many others that can help purify your air. The plants draw in carbon dioxide, “cleaning” pollutants from the air and releasing oxygen.
- Keep your home ventilated. If you can open windows to let out stale air in the summer, that’s great. If you live in a dusty area or a place where there’s smoke or traffic pollution, you may have to limit the “fresh” air.
- Remove air pollutants. You probably want to hold on to your dander-producing cat or dog, but you can control this pollutant by brushing the critters outdoors and bathing them regularly. Also, avoid buying products made of pressed wood, which contains Volatile Organic Compounds, an off-gassed substance that is harmful to your breathing. If you already have furnishings made of pressed wood, replace them with furnishings made of natural wood.
- Vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuuming helps control dust, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and other irritants.
- Change your air filter. Change your HVAC filter regularly and according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A quality air filter will remove a number of airborne pollutants.
Using an Air Purifier
To ensure your air is even cleaner, look into acquiring an air purifier.
For more on air purification, contact Arpi’s Industries, serving all of Calgary.