According to research, air in the home can be up to 12 times more polluted than it is outside. Can you believe that? It’s a scary thought, for sure. And, if anyone in your family suffers from breathing problems like asthma, then it could lead to problems. With this in mind, we thought we would look at some home improvements that can improve the air quality of your home. Let’s get started right away.

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Check your cleaning products

A lot of cleaning products use substances that are known as volatile organic compounds. They are also known as VOCs. Furniture polish, air fresheners and paint can all contain VOCs, so make sure you eliminate them from your house. You can make your own cleaners quite easily and cheaply. And they will improve your air quality almost straight away.

Get rid of mold

Mold can release spores that can trigger problems in asthmatics and anyone with breathing conditions. Make sure your bathroom is clean and well ventilated. You may also benefit from an air conditioning repair service. Air con units are common culprits for harboring bacteria and mold, too. Making sure your system is clear will definitely help the quality of air in your home.

Blast your bed sheets

How often do you wash your bedsheets? If it’s less than weekly, you need to up your game. Dust mites build up quickly in your sheets and can cause severe issues with anyone who suffers from breathing problems. And you can’t shift them quickly, either. You’ll need to wash them in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit hot water.

Carpets and curtains

That lush pile carpet and beautiful curtains might look and feel incredible, but they could also be polluting the air quality in your home. Dust mites love curtains – they are warm, luxurious and don’t get cleaned regularly. If it’s causing problems then maybe it’s time to switch to blinds? It’s the same for your carpet. Unless you are boil washing it every week – which is unlikely – then it will be a hotbed of mites. Think about laminate flooring instead.

Buy hypoallergenic plants

Hypoallergenic plants actually improve the air quality of your home by removing nasty chemicals. Look into orchids, lilies, and begonias – and be sure to place lots of cacti everywhere. However, be careful that you don’t water them too much. Extra moisture in the air can cause major problems such as condensation, mold and mildew.

As you can see, there are a lot of things in your home that can contribute to lowering the quality of air. It’s a scary thought that some of our households are more polluted than the outside, but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Although some of these fixes require a change in mindset, they are actually quite easy to implement into your regime. And, if anybody in your household suffers from problems and conditions like asthma, they will feel the benefits. Enjoy your new and improved air quality!