If you live in an older building, or your roommates aren't particularly clean people, you may be having problems with air quality in your home. While it's tempting to simply ignore the problem and continue living your life, it should be noted that poor air quality indoors can cause a number of long term health problems, including the development of allergies and even cancer. But purifying air in your house, apartment or room doesn't have to involve purchasing a bunch of expensive eco friendly products.
Instead, consider addressing the issue by trying the following approaches:
- Dehumidify: Keeping your room below 50 percent humidity will prevent the collection of moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew gathering in corners.
- Get some plants: Plants are good at removing certain toxins from the air, including ammonia and benzene. According to NASA, the five best plants for air purification include the areca palm, bamboo palm, lady palm, rubber plant and Janet Craig dracaena.
- Quit smoking and don't let others smoke inside: You've probably heard since you were a child how bad smoking is for your health, but it can't be overstated how disastrous it is for indoor air quality. Among other things, cigarettes contain formaldehyde, which can result in skin irritation, rashes, coughing and sore throat.
- Ventilate your kitchen: Cooking produces a number of chemicals, including nitrogen dioxide, so it's a good idea to ventilate while you have the stove top or oven going.
Purifying the air in your home will help you achieve a healthier lifestyle without having to make a major investment or effort.