How To Keep The Air Around You Clean

The month of May is Clean Air Month! It is incredibly important to care about the world and the dangers that are quickly taking over our planet. Creating clean air, is one of many ways we can help to stop global warming.

How To Keep The Air Around You Clean

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May is Clean Air Month, which was created to help educate people about the impact clean air can have on our lives. We want to help encourage people to take positive steps to help improve air quality, which can in turn help save our planet. When you turn on the news or open your computers, all people can seem to talk about is global warming and how we are destroying our planet, yet no one takes it seriously? Why? Maybe it’s because people don’t think they have an impact or can make a difference, or maybe it's because they truly don’t care. Either way, we need to start realizing how important clean air is for the betterment of our future and our future generations.

Let’s first start with what “clean air’ even is...

Clean air, is air which has a natural balance of gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Clean air does not contain pollutants or allergens.

What are the consequences of poor quality air? Poor quality air can harm the environment and can affect us all. Toxic air pollution is linked to serious conditions such as cancer and chronic bronchitis. Air pollution can exacerbate pre-existing conditions such as asthma. Air pollution can also harm the environment. The burning of fossil fuels (often for transport or electricity generation) releases high levels of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere. These gases react with other gases and water to create rain which is acidic. Acid rain raises the acid levels of water and disrupts the natural balance of life in lakes and rivers; acid rain can also damage plants and trees.

So yeah, poor air quality is pretty bad and we need to start making a difference to bring clean air back.

Yes, it may be harder to bring clean air back globally because that will take time, however there are steps you can take today that will help make sure the air in your home is clean!

Much like home owners protect their homes with homeowners insurance, it is equally as important to protect the air within your home.

Here are four simple tips you can implement today!

  1. Keep things that cause pollution out of the home. Secondhand smoke is among the most dangerous air pollutants, so do not allow smoking indoors. Also, avoid storing certain chemicals and allowing excess moisture in the home.

  2. Install a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is also one of the most dangerous air pollutants and it claims the lives of hundreds of people each year. Without a carbon monoxide detector, it can go unnoticed as it is a colorless and odorless toxic gas.

  3. Test for radon. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall. Much like carbon monoxide, radon is a colorless and odorless gas which can only be found by testing.

  4. Fix leaks, clean air conditioners and dehumidifiers, and properly ventilate your home to improve air quality.

  5. Buy one (or more) of these detoxifying plants that are extremely useful in absorbing harmful gasses and cleaning indoor air. BONUS: They can tolerate moderate to low light levels and may not need much water!

    • Boston Fern

    • Spider Plant

    • Pothos

    • Peace Lily

    • Chinese Evergreen

    • Snake Plant

    • Philodendron

Google each plant to see what it can specifically do for your home.

Americans spend an estimated 90% of their time indoors, which means the time is now to start truly caring about the environment we live in and the air we breathe. Start with these helpful tips and you’ll surely be on your way to cleaning the air and creating a healthy space for you and your family.  




 

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