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6 Ways to Boost Your Apartment’s Air Quality

One thing that often gets overlooked in our apartments and homes is good air quality.

As someone who has had asthma since I was about 4, air quality in my home is extremely important to me.

Many people’s homes have poorer air than they might realize, and it can have effects on our health in both the long-term and short-term. 

There are things, however, that you can do to improve the air quality. These tips on improving your apartment’s air quality will get your place together in no time!

1. A Good Thorough Deep Cleaning

Never underestimate the power of a good deep cleaning!

The beginning steps for keeping your air clean should be giving your home a deep clean. The air quality is initially compromised by the dust and other build-up of germs that you’ll find in the corners of your home.

Pull back all those couches and other pieces of furniture, and make sure you’re sweeping up those piles of dust. If you use rugs, take them outside to be beaten and shaken out every so often.

 

2. Actively Avoid Toxins

It’s not just the natural processes of dust and other microbe accumulation that compromises our air quality. The items that we bring into our home are sometimes harmful, full of toxins that seep into the air around us.

So when it comes to those cleaning products — both household and personal — it’s best to look at items that don’t have harmful toxins locked up inside the packaging. There are dishwasher and other household cleaning products that use natural ingredients such as citric acid; read more about how they’re better for your home’s air, and then make sure you get them in your cupboards.

There’s also been a big rise in eco-friendly, toxin-free personal grooming products, too. 

 

3. When Possible, Keep it Light and Breezy

One of the reasons why our air gets so bad is because it’s just trapped inside our homes for far too long. Thankfully, this is one of the easier things to remedy. On those cool spring and summer days, open the windows wide, and let that sweet and fresh air circulate around your property.

It’ll bring in the good stuff, and expel the things that you don’t want to have in your property. This is, admittedly, a little less appealing when the weather outside is chilly, but it’s still recommended – a blast of cold air will work just as well as a summer breeze, and it’ll also wake you up, too. Win-win. 

If you live in a place like me where you’re unable to open your window (yes, that 25 foot window in my loft doesn’t open), consider purchasing an air purifier. They make a world of difference!

 

4. Adding Plants

As you know, this one is my favorite. Add indoor plants! Not enough people make the most of indoor plants. They can add so much, and all they ask for in return is a little bit of water and love. It seems like a fair trade!

One of the main advantages is that they can help purify the air. They absorb the bad things that are in your home, and flush out the good things. And if you were looking for more reasons why you should look at getting plants, just think about this — they make you happier!

 

5. Change Your AC and Heat Filters Regulary

We all know how good it is to have air conditioning blasting on those summer days, but you might want to check that you’re not accidentally pumping your home full of low-quality air, even if it is warm.

All AC units have a filter that stops dust and other stuff from being blasted out, but they won’t work forever. From time to time, you’ll want to open up the filer part and replace it with a new one. 

 

6. Wash Your Fabrics Often

Finally, let’s think about your fabrics. They’re just sitting there in your property, and you probably don’t think too much about them, but just think about how much dirt and microbes and germs they accumulate over time.

If you have pets, then they’ll be even dirtier! If you’re unable to clean them in a washing machine because they don’t come loose, then there are products that’ll help to get rid of the dirt. 

Take the above steps, and you’ll be on your way to greatly improved air. If you found this post helpful, please be sure to share it! 

 

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