5 ways we can all make our air cleaner
Jun 20, 2019 - 3min read
We talk a lot about the ways you can reduce your impact on the environment, but cleaner air is one of those things that isn’t just about saving the environment, it’s also about your health. Air pollution in London, as a key example, causes numerous health issues and thousands of deaths each year. But with the introduction of low emission zones and developments, we’re making progress.
This year to celebrate Clean Air Day we’ve made a list of five things you can do to make their air your breathing cleaner.
Service your boiler
This is one of the main ways you can make the air in and around your home cleaner.
Having your boiler regularly serviced can not only reduce your energy bills but also reduce your carbon footprint overall. When it is running smoothly your boiler will work more efficiently and use less energy, making it more environmentally sound.
Making sure your boiler is working properly is important for the environment but also for your health. Servicing your boiler can help protect you and your family from potential gas leaks, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
It’s best to have your boiler serviced at least once annually to keep it running smoothly year round.
Choose low chemical cleaning products
Choosing natural or low chemical cleaning products is another way you can make your home greener and the air cleaner.
A lot of cleaning products are a mixture of harsh chemicals that can be bad for your health. A lot of the chemicals in cleaning products can be corrosive to the skin, have strong unpleasant smells and can sometimes cause health issues such as asthma.
Switching to products that use natural ingredients can also protect the environment and reduce air pollution by preventing harmful chemicals being released into the environment.
Walk or cycle
This is one of the simplest ways you can help to improve air quality. Walking is the cheapest, greenest and healthiest way to travel. Simply by choosing to walk instead of driving or taking public transport you are doing your bit to keep our air clean.
By walking you can also avoid the emissions and fumes that can be bad for your health. When you drive, you are exposed to nearly double the amount of pollution as when you walk. You can make your walk even greener by choosing routes that have cleaner air like parks or low emission zones.
You might remember from school that plants photosynthesis carbon dioxide and produce oxygen which means they’re great for improving air quality.
In the 80’s NASA did studies on certain houseplants and found that many of them can cleanse the air of the toxins that are bad for your health and the environment. Having a few plants dotted around your home is a great way to purify the air.
Some of the plants that can clear the air most effectively include the spider plants, peace lilies and ferns. Not only will they make the air in your home cleaner, they also look great and are easy to care for.
Be careful what you burn
We all know that burning fossil fuels is a huge source of air pollution, but what about the things you might burn in your own home?
Burning wood produces a lot of air pollution so it’s best to heat your house using central heating where possible. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove that you use regularly you can reduce the amount of smoke and pollution by ensuring you use properly dried and seasoned wood. Make sure you buy wood that is labelled as ‘ready to burn’ and avoid burning any scraps of wood that could harsh chemicals or paints on them.
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