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Is the Air in Your House Clean?

By Randi Morse

Some people love to clean and focus on making their home spotless. Others don't mind a little bit of untidiness. Whether you're an organizer or not, one thing you may not have thought about is the cleanliness of your air. The Environmental Protection Agency says that air inside of the home can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. If the air in your home is tested, the results may surprise you as it's not uncommon to find pollen, dust, mold spores, bacteria and viruses where you live. High quality air purifiers are a fantastic investment but can cost a pretty penny. Here are a few ways that you can get the pollutants out of your home. 

Open the Windows 

During the summer months we often make sure that our homes are completely sealed in order to avoid allowing insects or bugs into the house. During the winter months we keep things closed to keep the house warm. Keeping your home closed might be great for energy efficiency but it is terrible for air quality. Whenever you get the opportunity, turn off the air conditioner, or the heat, and open the windows. Fans will also help the air to circulate better throughout the house. 


NASA completed a study showing how much indoor air quality can be improved simply by having plants in your home. Plants absorb CO2 while releasing oxygen. Plants can also remove organic pollutants that are in your home. Some plants are better than others for air purifying, but a quick search, or a visit to your local greenhouse, should help you pick the right plants for your needs. 


Some people find doormats old-fashioned, others find them silly. They're actually amazing at helping to keep the air quality in your home pure. An EPA report proved you can reduce the amount of indoor dust by 98.5 percent simply from having a doormat. 

Vacuum Cleaners 

If you're in need of a new vacuum cleaner, make sure you check the information thoroughly before you purchase one. There are many vacuum cleaners available that have filters incorporated directly in the machine. These filters do help a great deal when it comes to cleaning the air. 

The air you breathe is important and it is in your best interest for your health to keep it as clean as you possibly can. So while you are saving up money for a high quality air purifier, try some of these easy remedies to get your air cleaner. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Seminole, Fla.

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