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New study reveals how you can improve the quality of air in your home

Research has uncovered a few simple tricks for making the air surrounding you that little bit cleaner
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 15-04-2019 14:00pm

A new study has found a significant percentage of the British population is uneasy about the quality of air in their home. 

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According to the research, conducted by YouGov and commissioned by air purifier brand Blueair, 70% of millennials and people in the 'Gen Z' and 'Gen X' demographics worry about the air they breathe in their homes and workplaces, as well as the air in their children's schools and public spaces such as gyms, restaurants and hotels. 

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With a variety of officials suggesting indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air, it's not much surprise so many of us are concerned. Within the realm of the home, it's the bedroom where we're most concerned about the air quality: after all, it's here where we're most susceptible to breathing in dust, bacteria and pet dander. 

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When it comes to keeping their children protected from polluted air, it seems there are three key things parents think they can do: namely, avoid using chemicals in the home, avoid busy roads and have an air purifier in the child's bedroom. 

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With all that in mind, the team at Blueair have shared their tips for making the air in your home as clean and clear as possible. Read on...

Open the window It may seem obvious but is so easily forgotten especially during colder months. Your indoor air is up to five times more polluted than the air outside so natural ventilation is key.

2. Avoid scented candles and incense from non-natural sources They may smell tempting but toxins from paraffin candles are the same as those in diesel fumes. If you really can’t give up your scented candles, opt for those made from natural ingredients. They are better for the environment and better for you.

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3. Vacuum frequently and regularly wash beddings and other textiles.

4. Reduce or remove carpets, which trap unhealthy particles such as dirt, fungi and dust mites.

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5. Avoid unnecessary chemicals Use natural cleaning products instead. There are so many fantastic brands available today that are doing the environment and our homes a lot of good.

6. Cut down on the use of perfume and hair spray, or opt for natural, organic ingredients where possible.

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7. Wash new clothes before use to reduce the amount of chemicals that are released into the air as they cling to the fabric during production.

8. Don’t smoke indoors.

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9. Invest in plants such as English ivy and peace lilies which are best for eliminating household pollutants according to NASA.

10. Put an air purifier in the rooms where you spend most of your time.

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Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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