Improving your home’s air quality can help to make it a cosier place for you and a more inviting place for guests. There are lots of ways to freshen up the air inside your home. Here are a few ways to ventilate and refresh your home.
Open those windows
Opening your windows is the easiest way to ventilate your home. In the heat of summer, you can help to remove stuffy air by placing a tower fan in front of the window facing into the room. Beware of opening your windows in some situations – if you live by a busy road you could be letting in dust and pollutants. Opening windows not facing the road and using an extractor fan for these rooms could be a better option.
Purify the air with plants
Plants provide a fresh source of oxygen that can help improve air quality. Certain specific plants such as spider plants, peace lilies and Boston fern are particularly good at purifying and dehumidifying the air. In fact, such plants can be perfect for soaking up the condensation of a steamy bathroom or the foody fumes from a kitchen.
Update your HVAC
If you haven’t got a HVAC unit, it could be worth getting one installed in your home. These units provides heating and air conditioning, whilst also keeping your home ventilated. Hire a contractor to install one or update your current one if it’s not working well. Such units should be regularly cleaned out to avoid unhealthy mold build-ups that could not only damage air quality but be a danger to your health.
Experiment with scents – but don’t go overboard
Fresh scents from candles and incense sticks and electronic air fresheners can help to keep a clean aroma and mask nasty odour. However, it is possible to go overboard with these and make your home smell sickly sweet. Stay subtle when it comes to these fragrances.
Try salt crystal lamps
Salt crystal lamps aren’t just great for providing ambient lighting in the evening, they’re also efficient air purifiers. They can help remove moisture from the air as well as pollutants and allergy spores. Beeswax candles have a similar effect.
Deodorise your carpet
Carpets can pick up all manner of strange smells from spillages and things been dragged into the house. You can keep your carpets smelling fresh by buying deodorising powders for your carpet. Sprinkle this powder down on the carpets, leave it for a few minutes and then hoover it up – the scent will have then sunk in, plus you’ll be able to hoover up more dust and dirt.
Get rid of garbage smells
Food waste can start to create some nasty smells. Even once you’ve removed the garbage, the bin may still stink. Washing your garbage disposal unit with a solution of lemon and vinegar can help to eliminate these nasty odours. Lemon and vinegar can also make a great natural cleaning fluid for many other parts of your home.