Home Decorating Ideas to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
We believe any home should be a sanctuary of sorts. A place for love, family, health, memories, and more. Fostering a healthy home has been a big focus, especially as we emerge from the times of COVID-19. A common topic of discussion is the quality of air inside your home. There are a few unique ways you can improve your indoor air quality. These improvements can even be made through the way in which you decorate your home! Continue reading to pick up all our home decorating ideas to improve your indoor air quality.
Upgrade to Hardwood Floors
While carpet is comfortable to walk on, it’s prone to trapping all sorts of airborne contaminants. Dirt, dust, pollen, bacteria, and even chemicals can become trapped within your carpets and pollute your home’s air. Not only will switching to hardwood floors improve your indoor air quality, in many circumstances it will also increase your home’s value. It’s worth the change!
Many brands of furniture contain compounds known as VOCs or SVOCs. This stands for Volatile Organic Compounds and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds. VOCs include a variety of chemicals which are dangerous to our health. Furniture such as couches and beds are very porous and will carry large amounts of VOCs from the manufacturing process into your home. The ‘new smell’ you experience when bringing new furniture into your home is actually VOCs being released into the air. This process is often known as “off-gassing”.
So, What Can I Do?
Thankfully, there are a variety of furniture brands which are labeled as non-toxic or low/ no VOCs. Non-toxic furniture has no formaldehyde, perfluorochemicals, PVC/Vinyl, and uses natural and organic materials. These pieces will also have non-toxic certifications. Some well-known non-toxic brands include Savvy Rest, Avocado, and the Natural Home line by The Futon Shop.
We all love keeping our homes cozy and welcoming by filling them with scented candles. Unfortunately, many candles release petroleum into the air when burned. Nobody wants this in their home’s air! Instead, choose to use and decorate with 100% beeswax candles. These candles will emit a subtle scent which is a combination of earthy and sweet fragrances. This way you still get the great smell without contaminating your home’s air.
One Step Further
While these decorating tips will improve your home’s air quality, there’s nothing better to rid your home of harmful allergens than an air purification system from Sleeping Giant. LED systems such as the REME HALO utilize UV light, hydrogen peroxide, and other technologies to remove 99% of airborne contaminants, destroy viruses on surfaces, and reduce germs released by sneezing. To learn more about our air purification solutions, feel free to give us a call at (256) 378-6556.
We are your locally owned American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Childersburg, AL, and we can help you find the perfect solution for any home comfort problems. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more helpful tips.