For many of us, identifying the hazards of outdoor air pollution is relatively easy. Smog from busy highways, smoke from factories, and haze from brush fires all send harmful particulates into the air and leave us with a tight feeling in our chests. But because these sources of outdoor pollution are so obvious, many homeowners fail to realize that the pollution inside their home can be just as bad.
If you’re concerned about the quality of air in your New Braunfels home, it’s time to schedule your HVAC services with Legacy Heating and Air. Before one of our courteous and skilled technicians arrives to conduct an indoor air quality test in your home, here are some helpful natural ways you can purify the air in your home.
This is perhaps the most obvious way to move fresh air into your home. Opening the windows of your living space on a sunny and cool day allows air to circulate through your home. Opening the windows at the front and back of the home allows a cross draw to develop, and air will move throughout the use of fans. To improve the circulation, you can set up a few window fans. You might also consider installing trickle vents that purify the air you breathe as they cycle it in and out of the house.
Allowing fresh air to move through your home reduces the moisture levels inside. The build-up of moisture inside leads to the growth of mold in the walls and insulation. It’s especially helpful to ventilate your home while using the stove or shower as both of these are major sources of indoor air pollution.
Use Beeswax Candles
We love bees because they help to pollinate the beautiful flowers and plants in our yards and gardens. We also love bees because of the amazing wax they produce! Candles are a wonderful way to add atmospheric lighting, introduce a pleasant aroma, or even provide a therapeutic effect to your home. But many popular candles are made from paraffin, which releases harmful petroleum byproducts into the air.
Beeswax can provide you with everything you love about candles with none of the side effects. Some added perks of beeswax candles are that they burn more slowly, so you’ll have to replace them less frequently. Beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent, making them ideal for homes with asthmatics or those with allergies. These candles also release negative ions into the air, which bond with the harmful positive ions and keep them from getting into your lungs.
Growing House Plants
Plants are the most natural of all air purifiers. Any plant can serve as an indoor air purifier, but some are especially beneficial to have in the home. This includes rubber trees, chrysanthemums, and butterfly palms. Studies suggest that having one plant for every 100 square feet of your home is the best way to efficiently clean the air in your home. Indoor plants are extremely helpful for those who have respiratory illnesses, as the air in the home is purified without the use of cleaning products.
Of course, keeping plants in your home has the extra benefit of adding beauty to your abode. The verdant colors of house plants can liven up any room, and bring the rejuvenating effects of the outdoors into our living spaces.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oil diffusers can be a little pricey but are worth the price. By diffusing essential oils in the home, you are combating the viruses, fungi, bacteria, and molds that build up in the home and cause respiratory issues. A study conducted by Weber State University discovered that diffusing essential oils eliminates up to 99 percent of the airborne bacteria in the home. These essential oils not only smell great and leave your home feeling fresh, they can also provide a healing effect through aromatherapy. This can relieve stress, clear congestion, and improve your mood.
Improve The Air Quality In Your Home
Of course, another way to purify the air in your home is to schedule regular with the experts at Legacy Heating and Air. With over 30 years of experience working in New Braunfels, we’ve conducted hundreds of indoor air quality tests to help homeowners find ways to purify and clean the air in their home. Enjoy only the best quality air in your home, call us today!