Even if you’re not sensitive to indoor allergens and/or don’t have any respiratory issues, poor air quality in your home isn’t good for you and your family. That’s because stale indoor air often contains a number of nasty lurkers, including dust mites, pet dander and mould spores.
In other words, if you can benefit from fresher air, you should whenever possible. But leaving doors and windows open all the time isn’t ideal. So how else can you improve the air quality in your home?
Here are our top 5 ways:
1. Keep your house clean
It goes without saying that a clean house is a healthier house. By staying on top of your vacuuming, dusting and mopping, you can significantly reduce the amount of dust, dust mites, animal dander and mould spores in the air in your home.
Moreover, you should try to reduce the amount of clutter in your home too. It acts as a trap for dust and mould, which is why getting rid of all those old holiday souvenirs and knick knacks can actually benefit your home’s air quality.
If you’ve got pets, make sure they are groomed regularly to reduce the amount of hair/fur they shed and ensure wash their beds on a regular basis.
2. Turn to nature
Indoor plants are not only pretty, but they also help clean the air in your home. For example, rubber trees are known for producing large amounts of oxygen and absorbing plenty of carbon dioxide, as well as getting rid of formaldehyde while they’re at it.
In fact, plants are the only natural way in which indoor air can actually be restored to a previous state i.e. have any pollutants removed.
The best part of all about using indoor plants for improving the air quality in your home is that they are extremely cost effective. Okay, so there’s an initial investment required, but after that it’s just water, sunlight and perhaps a bit of pruning.
3. Let more air in
We know it’s not ideal to leave doors and windows open – especially at this time of year – but there are other ways to allow more fresh air to enter your home.
Have you ever considered an opening rooflight?
Whatever your roof type, there is almost certainly an opening rooflight that will suit your needs.
For example, if you’ve got a flat roof, our opening flat rooflights are perfect for maximising the ventilation in your home.
Homeowners with pitched roofs can take advantage of one of an opening pitched Luxlite® rooflight. These remote control opening rooflights come with a rain sensor – absolutely free of charge – so you don’t need to lift a finger should the weather turn and your rooflight is open.
Looking for something a little fancier?
Why not check out our range of slide opening roof lanterns. These super sophisticated rooflights are designed to fill your home with both daylight and fresh air. Operated by remote control and with a built-in rain sensor as standard, our sliding roof lanterns are the epitome of both sophistication and convenience.
4. Make ventilation improvements
As well as letting more fresh air in, it’s also a good idea to let dirty, smelly air out. And there are a few ways you can do this.
A cooker hood with an exhaust fan, for example, can dramatically reduce the amount of smoke and cooking-related smells that threaten to reduce the air quality in your home. Likewise, bathroom exhaust fans lower condensation levels and make it more difficult for mould to grow.
Even leaving a window open while you bath, shower and cook (not all at the same time, obviously) will ensure a lot of the polluted air can escape.
5. Invest in an air purifier
An air purifier is a device that removes contaminants from the air within a room or a house. As its name suggests, it literally purifies “bad” air and makes it cleaner. Air purifiers vary greatly in functionality and value, from simple table-top models to state of the art systems that cover your entire house.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for and how well your own air purifier works will depend on whether you maintain it or not.
Finally, don’t expect a table-top air cleaner to remove huge levels of contaminants. A much better approach is to address the source of the contaminants and reduce the impact there.
Are you considering buying a rooflight or roof lantern for your home? If you are, call Roof Maker on 0116 269 62976. Our rooflight experts will help you to choose the right solution for your needs. Alternatively, visit our showroom or get a quote online.