Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ahhhh.....Spring is in the air.....

and, speaking of is your indoor air quality? You might be surprised to learn that your home just could be making you sick.  So lets talk a bit about indoor air quality.

Let's face it we spend a lot of time in our homes and studies show that the quality of our indoor air is often 50 times worse then the outside air. Many products we have in our homes release VOCs ( volatile organic compounds). Or I like to call it out - gassing. Sometimes we can smell the out gassing like with some paints but other times we can't smell them. Just because we don't smell them doesn't make them any less dangerous. Examples of products that we have in our homes that out gas are, carpets, upholstery, furniture made from particle board also known as MDF board, vinyl floors, plastics, air fresheners, cosmetics, cleaners and disinfectants, dish detergent, newspapers, grease, smoke. Other pollutants are animal dander, mold, carbon dioxide, radon and dust mites, just to name a few.

All of these effect our health in a negative way. We could experience headaches, ear, nose or throat irritation, worsening of respiratory symptoms, nausea and it could even lead to cancer. Radon gas is the number 2 cause of lung cancer.

So what can we do to improve the quality of our indoor air? I have a few simple suggestions that will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

The first one is Plants, yes, that's right bring in some live greens. Plants absorb gases, including a long list of VOCs, through the pours in their leaves, they reduce allergens and pollutants. Natures way of purify the air we breath. So put your green thumb to work and beautify your home as well.

Use one 8" diameter plant for every 160 sq ft of indoor space.

My next suggestions is using HEPA air filters. These filters can be found most anywhere and they do a terrific job of removing many toxins from the air.

Another suggestions is if possible have your range exhaust to the outdoors. This helps to remove these toxins out of the house. If the outdoor exhaust won't work for your home then use a charcoal filter in your re-circulating unit.

I hope you'll give these a try, your body will thank you.

To you health,


  1. Very interesting post, Sharon!
    Unfortunately, I kill plants! They move in and go belly up! No lie!
    One thing I try to do is throw open the windows and doors as much as possible, so fresh air can flow through. I'll even do it for short periods in the winter.
    Take care!

  2. I agree plants are important part of the house - I pinch off some parts & root them in water = free plants. I love using them as hostess gifts.
    May spring come soon!!
    All the best, Mimi