Monday, December 6, 2010

It’s indoor time – time to clear the air.

We spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of our time inside our homes, according to the National Safety Council, which means that our indoor air quality is crucial to our well-being. Our modern, airtight homes do a good job of preventing energy loss, but they are also doing a good job of trapping pollutants within our homes – in fact, our indoor air can be up to 10 times worse for us than outdoor air.

Here are EcoSmart’s top 5 easy ways to improve indoor air – whether at home, at the office or in school –just in time for the winter shut-in!

1. Use non-toxic cleaning and office supplies. AusPen non-toxic markers save you from breathing xylene and other harmful chemicals.
2. Believe it or not, let plants purify your air! The best indoor plants that remove trace chemicals are: peace lily, bamboo palm, English ivy, mums, and gerbera daisies.
3. Clean drapes, carpets and absorbent fabrics in furniture that trap dust mites and other allergens.
4. When decorating or remodelling, choose materials that have low or no VOCs. Flooring, paint, and blinds all have eco-friendly alternatives.
5. Get a professional air duct cleaning to remove all the dust from the furnace and vents. (Bonus: get fresh air as you run through the neighborhood chasing the indoor cat who escaped during the air duct cleaning!)