The pandemic has forever changed how we think about indoor air quality. Well-ventilating doesn't mean simply opening up your windows on nice days. It encompasses a wide range of actions you can take to ensure that the air coming into your home is free from contaminants, and pollutants—and that it remains clean. When your home is well-ventilated every day, your family stays healthier, feels better and enjoys life more.
1: Bring some green inside
Houseplants are a great way to improve the air quality inside your home. In fact, plants act as their own self-contained ventilation system wherever you put them. They take toxins and carbon dioxide out of the environment and produce fresh, clean oxygenated air in return.
2. Pick your indoor furnishings with care
Natural plant-based furnishings such as wicker and bamboo contribute to better air quality in your home. They retain little heat and conduct air quite well. Not only will you have better ventilation through air movement, but you will have less trouble keeping the rooms in your home at a pleasing temperature.
If you are thinking about replacing or redesigning any of your interior spaces, consider rugs, furniture, and furnishings made from plant-based sources such as bamboo, wicker and hemp. These are all sustainable, earth-friendly choices as well!
3. Don't forget about your outdoor spaces
How you choose to landscape and cultivate your outdoor areas can have a direct influence on the cleanliness and quality of the air passing into your home. Just as plants can act as purifiers for your indoor air, so too can a healthy lawn and garden purify the air immediately surrounding your home. Another perk is that grass, shrubs, flowering plants, and other vegetation don't hold onto the heat, so the surrounding grounds stays cool.
4. Use natural cross-ventilation whenever possible
While you may not want to (or even be able to) keep your windows and doors open all year round, you can definitely benefit from some fresh outdoor air circulating in and through the rooms in your home as weather permits.
5. Air cleaners
If you are in a room that can’t get enough outside air for dilution, consider an air cleaner, also commonly called air purifiers. These machines remove particles from the air, usually using a filter made of tightly woven fibers. They can capture particles containing bacteria and viruses and can help reduce disease transmission.