Theresa's Mixed Nuts: How To Improve Air Quality In Your Home

Saturday, November 21, 2015

How To Improve Air Quality In Your Home

They say the cold weather will really start rolling in within the next few weeks. Are you ready? Are you prepared for the sniffles, the sneezing and coughing, the sore and itchy throat and watery eyes? These things are so hard to avoid, but we can prepare ourselves and do whatever we can to fight those germs off! Those symptoms will most likely pop up because illnesses spread like wildfires during the winter weather. Grab your tissues, germ-x, cold medicine and humidifiers!




What if you were feeling those symptoms and you went to the doctor and they said you were not actually sick? If they said they could not find any trace of a cold or the flu, what would you do? What would you think? It is definitely possible that you aren’t actually sick, but that you are feeling the effects of indoor air pollution (or dry air, which is why I suggested grabbing your humidifier!).

Indoor air pollution is described as dirt, dust, dander, and other little pollutants floating around your home. Those can cause the cold/flu-like symptoms! Do you ever sneeze when you are near something really dusty? Imagine breathing in all of that dust all day long. If you have asthma, that can be a real issue! If you are able to get outside and breathe that fresh air in as much as possible, go for it! However, if you are stuck inside due to the weather, you may need to make some minimal home improvements to help with your air quality.

This may come as a surprise to you, but owning certain houseplants, such as Boston ferns, can really improve your air quality! These plans actually neutralize the contaminants you may have in your air. Clean or upgrade your air filter. Old filters may contain bacteria, mold and viruses. If the weather allows it, open up your windows for at least five minutes a day if possible. Let the old air out and let the fresh air in!

What are some things you do to improve your air quality at home? Have you ever experienced any cold-like symptoms due to too much dust or bacteria? How did you take care of it? Did you call your local HVAC Company? Let us know in the comment section!

29 comments:

  1. I do open my windows for about ten minutes in the morning while I'm drinking my morning tea from certain someone someone here :) Sadly, most people here still burn wood and coal for heating, so it's impossible to leave windows open later during the day.
    Boston Ferns look lovely, I have three huge sanseverias in my imperial chambers that also clean the air and let out oxygen and are so wonderfully resistant ... I suspect that some of them are actually older than me...

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    1. you in the morning, sweet sistahs Theresa and Annzie in the afternoons :)

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    2. We have idiots in my neighborhood that burn leaves. I don't know why either, since the city comes around to pick them up twice in the fall. No need to burn them and stink up the air, making it hard to breathe for the rest of us!

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  2. I can't open my windows as the cats are allergic lol plus city air isn't all that better than indoor air.

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    1. City air... ruined my lungs. That much I do know.

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    2. I have to open my windows daily, just for a little breeze. And to try to circulate some of the dog stink out of here lol.

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    1. you reckon they has to be from Boston? Chicago fern won't work?

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    2. If there's such a thing as Chicago ferns, I'm ticked I haven't heard about them before lol.

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  4. I think getting green plants is great as they help to save money and electricity too. But only works if you have green thumbs, which unfortunately I don't so we rely much on air purifiers to keep our home air cleaner :P

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. I kill every plant too. I have been researching purifiers lately. I think it would be a great way to help with air quality in the home. I just have to find one that isn't going to be harmful to my pets first.

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  5. I need one of those. We have a whole house fan. Sometimes during the winter I have my husband turn it on to air the house out. I like to boil water with peppermint oil in it to. It smells good!

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  6. I too would love to own plants, but I have killed every single one we've ever owned...so we are plant free. It doesn't get too cold here for long, but we do keep the humidifier running during the winter months - helps us breath and keeps us from getting dry, cracked skin from the heater running (dry heat).

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  7. We have forced hot air heat, so it's always dusty in here. Air purifiers help a lot.

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  8. As soon as it gets cold out one of us always gets sick. We use allergy filters in our AC unit and also use a humidifier. Catherine S

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  9. I could sure use some fresh air in our home. My Husband thinks fresh air is to turn the air conditioner on in the summer. Not sure what he thinks in the winter.

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  10. I am allergic to dust. Been sneezing like crazy now that it's fall!

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  11. I'm going to have to start thinking about this. It doesn't snow around here very much but it gets cold enough to where we have to stay indoors and get the fireplace going.

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  12. I've actually been feeling really bad today and you have just reminded me I have no windows open perhaps it's the dry air I should definitely open one a crack I think. x

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  13. It has been decent here so I have been opening my windows on and off for a while.... It helps but so do my air purifies I have had to get! - Jeanine

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  14. I need to get some houseplants to improve the quality of the air in my house. I hope my cats don't knock them over once I get them.

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  15. I need to go buy some Boston ferns. It is important to have good air quality especially in the winter when the house is closed up.

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  16. I have a air purifier for our house and it really helps keep the air clean. I will have to pick up a Boston fern.

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  17. These are great tips that we really need to listen to. I feel like we've all suffered from allergies caused by poor air in our house.

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  18. We have houseplants at home and I make sure to open the windows for a few minutes a day. I amalso looking to buy an air purifier.

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  19. We are unable to open our windows, so it can get really stuffy in our house. Green plants is a good way to add fresh oxygen to the air.

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  20. We have a humidifier/airwasher (purifier) combo and it really helps. I need to get some more house plants.

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  21. Lock the dogs and teenagers in the garage comes to mind. Lol. Thanks for the great tips

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Thanks for your comments! I appreciate every one of them :)

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