This article originally appeared on the Springs "You're Home Blog."
Air pollution has been a concern for decades, but studies show that indoor air quality is five times worse than outdoor air quality. Ironically, tightening buildings up for energy conservation has increased the concentration of pollutants in the air.
Oxygen is a basic requirement of life. Breathe easier with these tips for boosting air quality in your Springs luxury apartment home.
1. Open the Windows
This solution doesn't cost a cent and it only takes about 30 seconds. Open windows give indoor air a chance to circulate and draw pollutants outdoors while fresh outdoor air replaces it.
2. Vacuum Frequently
Rugs and carpets trap particulates that can be irritating to sinuses and nasal passages. Get in the habit of vacuuming frequently and change the filter on a timely basis.
3. Purchase a Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan salt may sound more appropriate for cooking, but when the substance is heated, it releases negative ions that neutralize air pollutants. Himalayan salt lamps are relatively inexpensive, and the unusual shape and soft glow are nice additions to your home decor.
4. Use Charcoal Bags
No, not those lumpy and unsightly bags of grilling charcoal. Activated charcoal has natural purifying properties that make it a common ingredient in water filters. Moso bamboo charcoal is fragrance-free, non-toxic and comes in a variety of different-sized bags for placement around your home.
5. Pamper Your Pets
Cats and dogs are notorious for shedding hair, skin and dander throughout a home. Keep them clean and brushed, whether you do it yourself or take your pet to a professional groomer.
6. Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products
Cleaning your apartment is essential for controlling pollutants, but it's offset by the amount of toxins in commercial cleaning products. DIY cleaning products that are made from items you already have on hand will save you money while they boost the green factor in your home.
7. Use Microfiber Dusters
Sometimes dusting does nothing more than move the particles from one spot to another, recycling them throughout the air. Microfiber traps and holds dust, and you can get a long-handled microfiber duster that extends and rotates to get awkward and hard-to-reach spots.
8. Decorate with Air-Purifying Houseplants
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are some of the main culprits of air pollution. VOCs such as acetone, benzene and formaldehyde are found in a wide range of household products. NASA has identified a number of popular houseplants that filter VOCs and other pollutants.
9. Invest in an Air Purifier
Air purifiers aren't cheap, but they are well worth the price if you're particularly sensitive to irritants in the air. Do your research to determine the best type of purifier for your specific needs.
Our Springs luxury apartment homes include amenities such as ceiling fans and hardwood-style floors that help reduce the amount of dust and other pollutants. Learn more from a member of our friendly onsite management team.