There are many things that can affect the quality of air in our homes. Poor ventilation, steam from the bathroom and cooking in the kitchen can all have an effect on your home’s air quality. Moisture in the air can be particularly damaging for your home as well as for your health, as it can lead to mold growth, which can then lead to health problems, such as asthma or allergies.
One of the first things you should do is make sure your kitchen and bathroom have adequate ventilation. These are the main rooms in our homes that can lead to additional moisture being present in the rest of the house. Installing an extractor fan near to where your shower is located in the bathroom and one in the kitchen above your stove is a good first step to take. You may already have these fans installed but it’s also important to ensure you keep them clean and dust-free, so they can operate efficiently
One of the best ways to improve the air quality in your home is to improve ventilation. Simply by opening a window, you will increase the airflow into your home. However, this isn’t always practical. And opening a window when it’s raining outside may cause you more problems than you’re trying to solve.
Installing an air conditioning unit may be an effective way to improve your air quality, as you can get units that specifically filter the air to make it better for your health. Another option can be to use an air cleaner, which will help to purify the air in your home.
However, some of these options can be expensive, not just to install, but the overall running costs can often be high. Indoor plants can be an inexpensive and decorative choice for improving the air quality in your home. English Ivy is one of the best plants for helping to limit the spread of mold in your home, as it can reduce the number of mold allergens in the air, essentially helping to purify the air.
The Broadleaf Lady Palm is another plant that will help keep your home air cleaner, as it helps to remove toxins, including formaldehyde and ammonia. Because this plant loves humid conditions, it’s an ideal one to have in your bathroom, and it also doesn’t require a lot of light.
Another great houseplant is the Golden Pothos. This evergreen plant has been found to reduce the levels of harmful carbon monoxide in the air and can help to clear the air of indoor pollutants. This is a particularly good option for anyone who suffers from allergies, skin irritations and respiratory conditions.
As well as reducing allergens and toxins in your home, a houseplant will also help brighten up your room. There are numerous plants you can buy that will have a purifying effect on the air in your home, including some flowering ones. But just remember not to have too much exposed soil in the plant pots, as soil can release unwanted moisture into the air and cause precisely the issue the plant is trying to fix.