Brace yourselves for the findings of the latest studies on the quality of air within homes – researchers show that indoor air is actually 2 to 5 times more toxic than that found outdoors! Research also shows that about 3.3 million deaths annually can actually be attributed to pollution. This should get you thinking about the pollutants your daily activities introduce into your home environment – and hopefully give you a better idea on how to improve your indoor air.

Indoor air can contain irritants like dust mites, mold, pet dander, gas fumes, chemicals from cleaning agents and aerosols. Aside from causing various skin conditions, they can also aggravate asthma, cause irritation of the eyes and sometimes even lead to cancers. This makes it imperative that you find ways to improve ventilation in your homes and purify the air. Here are some tips:

Increase ventilation

Bringing in fresh air will dilute the level of pollutants indoors. You could go for exhaust fans to get rid of polluted air and high moisture content. Opening windows and doors regularly also helps. Creating natural vent slits in the walls keeps the air circulating even while you’re away.

Use your Air-conditioning

Even if the weather is just fine, you should run your ACs once in a while as the new-gen ACs purify the air before re-circulating it back.

Eliminate pollutants

The best way to reduce pollution is by getting rid of the source. This would include vacuuming your carpets frequently to get rid of synthetic fibers and dust and dust mites, telling smokers to light up outside, avoiding synthetic air fresheners and chemical-laden household cleaners; maintaining humidity between 30-50% indoors also helps. Brush your pets regularly outside the home to reduce irritating pet fur and dander.

Shoes

Keep outdoor shoes outdoors! They are laden with all kinds of impurities including germs, spores, pollens, industrial toxins and sometimes even excreta!

Indoor plants

These are natural air purifiers from Mother Nature and introduce fresh oxygen into our homes while sapping away carbon dioxide. Studies by NASA have shown that certain indoor plants are better at eliminating pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. One plant for every 100 sq ft of floor is best for natural air purification.

Activated charcoal

Known over the years to be a natural neutralizer of toxins in the air while being highly absorptive and odorless, it’s easy to use. Just leave this form of activated carbon in strategic corners, and that’s it!