Figuring out when to sweep and dust our home is easy but realizing when the air needs purification and cleaning is more challenging.
With modern designs where homes are tightly sealed, the risk of having polluted indoor air is increased due to the lack of ventilation. Impure indoor air threatens our family’s health and can prove to be a lot more hazardous if a member has asthma or any such lung disease.
However, the benefits of uncontaminated and healthy air go far beyond protecting your lungs and preventing allergic reactions. It plays a significant role in maintaining overall well-being and health.
In this blog, we will discuss why we need to purify the air we breathe daily and the incredible effects clean air has on our homes and family.
Reduced Health Problems
AS someone who has had to deal with mold toxicity and the ailments that it brought with it, I take clean water and air very seriously. Eye irritation, dizziness, headaches, and congestion are all examples of problems caused by poor air quality. If exposure to such an environment is long-term, serious diseases such as respiratory and heart problems may also develop.
With pure air, the risk of many health issues can be lowered, for example;
- Worsening cognitive health
Peaceful Night’s Sleep
Sleep is a key element in our productivity throughout the day.
A study found that people living in areas with polluted air were 60% more prone to poor sleep than those living in areas with cleaner air. Another study stated that poor ventilation could lead to groggy mornings and uneasy nights.
So, to increase the quality of your sleep and have fresher mornings, having an efficient HVAC (and proper filtration) system is necessary.
Improved Home Workouts
Clean air has been known to provide improved athletic performance. So, ensuring good quality air is vital for people who prefer working out at home instead of going to a gym.
All sorts of exercises have an advantage from purified air, but the largest benefit comes to those who specifically perform enduring training tasks like running or cycling. Such training increases the amount of oxygen the body requires. If the air is low-quality, the chance for contaminants to attack you is higher.
A recent Canadian study has revealed that there is a strong relationship between clean air and good moods.
The absence of harmful chemicals in the air can result in a relaxed and revitalized feeling. Better moods can also lead to lower stress levels and increased happiness, which has a positive impact on overall health.
Keeping Away Mold And Mildew
Indoor air can become more humid if the humidity levels are high outside.
High humidity can provide a moist environment for mold and mildew to grow and spread rapidly. Such moisture damage can be eliminated by providing adequate ventilation, which keeps the humidity levels low. There are also a multitude of ways to decrease mold growth and potential for mold within the home. We will explore mold in a much deeper discussion on our podcast Design With Purpose (Apple, Spotify, iHeart, or wherever you get your podcast).
Odors In Your Home
Moisture may accumulate if humid air and hot steam lack a proper escape route. This will result in strong, unpleasant odors (mostly in laundry rooms and basements).
Similarly, if you have a dishwasher, make sure to keep the drain unclogged to prevent the food odors from lingering for too long.
How Can You Purify The Air?
We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to fully enjoy the benefits that clean air has for you and your home.
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove harmful gases
- Don’t allow anyone to smoke indoors
- Apply paints with low volatile organic compounds (low or no VOC) or use lime wash, a mineral based color that has been used for hundreds of years.
- Reduce or eliminate carpeting
- Use a dehumidifier
- Install a carbon monoxide detector
Now that you’re familiar with the dangers posed by impure air and the benefits provided by clean air, it’s time to take steps to ensure good health for your family and yourself.
Stay safe, and stay healthy! Join us on our podcast and future blog posts as we dive deeper into the world of clean air.