Easy Ventilation Tips to Improve Humidity in Your House
Did you know that indoor air quality is often worse than outdoor air quality? Too much insulation, moisture, dust and other polluting elements in the air that are not even visible to the naked eye. The sources of indoor air pollution are manifold and no one escapes it. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to ensure that the air you breathe is not too unhealthy.
The air quality in your home is an important factor in this. Bad air causes all kinds of problems that are not only bad for your home, but also for your health. Poor air quality can have a major influence on this. Dry air is bad for the lungs, while poor ventilation can stimulate fungal growth. Dust mites and pollen can easily settle in your house when the air quality is poor. We have listed some useful tips to improve the air quality at home.
Switch to natural cleaning products
Most cleaning products are packed with toxins. So if you think you are doing the right thing by thoroughly cleaning every corner of the house with your spray all-purpose cleaner, then you are doing the wrong thing, at least as far as the air quality in your house is concerned. So give preference to natural products that contain as few ingredients as possible. Sodium bicarbonate, vinegar and lemon juice are your best allies in this case.
Reduce moisture in the house
The less moisture in the house, the better! Dry – when possible, wash outdoors or in a dryer. Always dry the shower after use. When cooking, put a lid on the pan. Dry the floor after mopping.
Bring air-purifying plants into your home
The scientific world is not yet sure whether the term ‘air-purifying plants‘ actually applies, but green plants undoubtedly contribute to healthy indoor air quality. Choose your air-purifying plant based not only on how it looks, but also taking into account the concerns it needs. Do you like to work with plants and do you want the hippest specimens in your interior? Then opt for a Philodendron, Monstera or a Calathea. Chlorophytum and Areca Palm are for those who like fixed, familiar values, succulents and cacti for those who tend to forget their plants.
Fresh air 24 hours a day
Provide a continuous supply of fresh air through ventilation grilles and / or open (flap) windows and ensure that air can flow through your house, through the space under the interior doors or grilles near windows or doors.
The humidity must be 40-60%.
You can measure this with a hygrometer. The temperature in the entire house should be at least 18 to 20 degrees.
Avoid harmful substances at home
Avoid using harmful substances at home, paint with solvent-free paint and do not smoke in the house. Also do not use fireplaces and wood stoves.
Opening a window is not enough
Just opening a window is good for fresh air. However, the positive effect of an open window disappeared half an hour after the window was closed again. Good to know: airing your house briefly several times a day (maximum 10 minutes) is more effective than opening a window once.
Extra ventilation during cooking, or crowded events
Ventilate extra when you cook, shower, do odd jobs in the house, and when there are many people in the house. Do you have a mechanical ventilation system? Then set it to the highest setting.