Staying at home and working from home for such a concentrated amount of time has made us all a lot more aware of the intricacies of our homes. For some, that’s been great, discovering our local areas and exploring nature outside with our families. For the less lucky, it might be realising that our home spaces may need a little improving.

That’s why we’re going to share some of our top tips to keeping the air in your home fresh and healthy.

Get those windows open

The first one is a fairly simple one: keep your windows and doors open when possible to encourage airflow around your space. Now, if you live alongside a road or in a particularly car-heavy area, it’s best to not have windows open during the rush-hour as that will let in the exhaust fumes, which aren’t exactly healthy for the household. Encouraging airflow can move dust out instead of letting it settle, it can also help out with reducing moisture, making sure you avoid any damp or mould in your house.

Get some plants in

Plants are great for many reasons. Not only do they bring some life to a space, they just brighten up a room and your day. They have been proven to improve mental health and reduce the amounts of bacteria flying around in our air. They might not be the best way to reduce pollutants in the air, but we still greatly recommend getting some aloe, cacti or any other plant to light up your home.

Humidify or purify

This one depends on the particular needs of your home, whether the air in your home gets dry during the colder periods, or if dust and allergens are your main problems. Adding moisture to dry air helps to naturally clean air, but too much moisture can lead to damp and mould related issues, so do be careful. Purifiers run air through a filter to remove pollutants, dust, and other harmful airborne substances. They can be very useful for specific rooms or areas but can struggle to purify a whole home.

Avoid harmful cleaning products

It’s easy to underestimate the impact that your choice of cleaning products can have on your home’s air quality. This usually comes in the form of products that contain ammonia and bleach as breathing in chemicals is never recommended. Making use of allergen-free, unscented or natural products will keep any chemicals to a minimum.