5 Steps to Cleaner Indoor Air

Disclosure in accordance with the FTC: I wrote this post as part of a compensated partnership with Best Buy.

Is that…Could it be?! The SUN!?

Yes, it looks like spring is finally springing. ‘sabout time, don’t you think?

I, for one, am totally over winter. I’m ready to rip my house apart, cleaning and decluttering. And, since I have a newborn in the house, I’m especially concerned about the quality of our air.

The EPA says that in the average home, levels of organic pollutants are two to five times higher than outdoors¹ and those pollutants can lead to things like allergies, throat irritation, headaches, asthma and even cancer. Since so many of us spend a great deal of our time indoors, that’s pretty scary. The great news is that there are lots of things you can do to improve the quality of the air in your home!

 

5 Steps Toward Cleaner Air at Home

1. Eliminate chemicals from your home whenever possible. From hair and nail products to cleaners to the paint on your walls, the products you choose can really junk up your air. Look for choices that contain few to no toxic chemicals that will linger. When choosing paint, look for “low-VOC” or “zero-VOC” options. Let items like new furniture, bedding, or shower curtain liners off-gas some of their VOCs outside before bringing them into your home.

2. Perform regular maintenance.  This includes cleaning the places where dust, allergens and/or moisture can collect, like air conditioners, dehumidifiers, heat ducts, exhaust fans and anything with a filter. These things all work to make your air better, but only with proper upkeep.

3. Welcome plants indoors!In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).”² Some of the most beneficial plants include: aloe, spider plants, gerbera daisies, ficus and English ivy.

4. Give carpet the heave-ho. Most new carpet is laden with toxic chemicals that will off-gas in your home for a long time, and older carpet holds on to tons of pollutants. You’re better off without it.

5. Utilize an air purifier to eliminate the airborne particles in your home. Air purifiers can go far in helping to clean the air your family breathes, removing allergens and airborne particles easily and quietly. Best Buy can help with a variety of air purifiers to help rid your home of germs, allergens, odor and humidity. To find the right one for your home, visit their Air Purification page.

BONUS: Right now, during the Best Buy Friends and Family Event, you can save 20% on all air purification products through 4/15! The coupon is available to print here. In-store only. 

Breathe easy!

*Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 1. http://guide.thesoftlanding.com/looking-to-improve-indoor-air-quality-substitute-linoleum-for-vinyl-flooring/

2. http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air

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  1. I can’t wait until my little ones are big enough to start having plants inside again… right now I have too many little hands getting into things, LOL… plus, it doesn’t help that I have a brown thumb, LOL… great post and awesome tips

  2. Diane @ Me, Him And The Cats says:

    I would love to have plants inside but my one cat always tries to eat them!

  3. Great Post! I had a “deluxe” air cleaner installed in my furnace when I got my furnace replaced but I still feel I need more. I will take some of these tips, I have been wanting to get rid of my bedroom carpet for some time now but I would need to put in flooring. Thanks for the tips!
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  4. rochelle haynes says:

    LOVE TO TRY THIS!

  5. Jaimie Adams says:

    I really want to have plants in the house to help but I’m afraid of what my cats and kids would do. We have air purifiers to help but I’d like to do more. Thanks for the tips!

  6. I would love plants in our town home, I’m just afraid my kids will DESTROY them…. And oh, the carpet…. the carpet, how I would love thee to depart from my world. We have a rental, being a military family who moves every three years we almost have to rent every time! I hope to not have carpet with our next place! Thanks for the info!

  7. Greats tips! I should definitely try to put more live plants inside our home…
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  8. These are awesome tips. I am going to be sure to implement some of them as I start my spring cleaning!
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  9. Yup as soon as i move I am having House plants!

  10. Thank you for these wonderful tips..
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  11. My house gets so dusty I hate it
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  12. Wendy – great post! We completely agree with your suggestions and the notes on regular maintenance (including replacing dirty air filters with clean new ones) are definites for improving indoor air quality. Thanks!

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