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10 Ways to Keep Indoor Air Fresh

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Posted on May 23, 2011 by Courtney

Please welcome today’s guest poster, Jakob Barry.

Whether at home, in the office, or at school, people who spend most of their time indoors can’t afford to breathe unhealthy air. Even limited exposure can compromise concentration and creativity, as symptoms associated with breathing bad air include laziness, dizziness, mood swings, and stomach sickness. Long-term exposure may even lead to chronic conditions.

For these reasons and more, it’s important to monitor the quality of indoor air, which at its core is fairly simple when taking the following points into consideration:

1. Regular cleaning: This may seem obvious, but weekly cleaning to remove dust, mold, or mildew will alleviate allergens and cleanse the air.

2. Toxic cleaners: When cleaning, try not to use toxic substances that emit potent fumes, especially where there is little ventilation. Eco-friendly options are available, many of which can be made with regular household ingredients.

3. Cigarette smoke: Don’t allow smoking anywhere inside and keep it away from entrances to homes and buildings where it can enter, polluting everything from the air to clothing and furniture.

4. Ventilation: Make sure interior spaces are properly ventilated, especially after using paints or sealants. If possible, use eco-friendly paints, which don’t produce toxic fumes.

5. Teflon: Replace Teflon cooking pans, which at certain temperatures produce fumes harmful to people and animals. Eco-friendly non-stick pans are available, which are made from other materials such as stainless steel and iron.

6. Filters: Schedule periodic cleanings for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning filters. Dirty filters will recirculate unclean particles, polluting the air.

7. Add house plants: Believe it or not, studies have shown certain plant species have the ability to cleanse carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and other toxins out of the air. There are many to choose from but some, like the spider plant, are more effective than others.

8. Beeswax candles: Many candles add toxins to the air, but beeswax can actually purify it by removing pollution and allergens that weigh it down. Just be careful and supervise fire at all times.

9. Toxic furniture/building supplies: Say what? Yes, very often coatings on new carpets, furniture, and building supplies contain substances that give off harmful toxic fumes. Be cautious when purchasing and ask manufacturers about any chemicals that may have been used in the production process.

10. Open windows: This may also seem obvious, but in winter and summer when heat or air conditioning is on full blast, windows can be shut for days on end, re-circulating the same stale air over and over. Remember to periodically open them up and let the home’s interior breathe, as it will improve the quality of your life dramatically.

Jakob Barry writes for, a growing community of homeowners and contractors sharing and monitoring home improvement projects together. He covers various home improvement topics including green gardening and commercial cleaning tips.

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