Add Indoor Houseplants
Branch out your home decor with actual branches of the plant variety that is. Plants remove toxins from air – up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research.
"VOCs are something a lot of us don’t tend to think much about, but the more energy-efficient our buildings become, the more they’re trapped," says Costa Farms horticulturist Justin Hancock
Also, a study by the University of Agriculture in Norway found that indoor plants can also help fight colds.
Fortunately, you can add oxygen and ‘fresh air’ to your home with Exotic Angel houseplant varieties, which make the best indoor and office plants, ideal for sprucing up your space because of their hardy nature and varying lighting needs. Houseplants are also a great way to change the look of your home seasonally, especially if you treat containers and pots as accessories.
I recently redecorated the windowsill in my kitchen, converting a red polka dot teapot that I already had into a planter for a succulent. I think it's darling, no?
|Succelents double as trendy decor and natural air purifiers|
TIP: Two of the best easy-care, low-maintenance plants for anyone just starting out with plants are snake plant and ZZ plant says Hancock. He adds, "I sometimes joke that you have to try to kill this houseplant duo with total neglect or consistently over water them."
Change Your Air Filters
Typically, your air conditioner's air filters should be changed every 3 months depending on your home, climate, and situation – yet the average is over 6 months – and that’s for people who remember to change them at all! This means you are wasting energy, losing money on HVAC repairs and energy bills, and families are breathing unclean air. Also, regular filter changes save 5-10% on energy bills.
Changing your filters removes allergens, pet dander, and bacteria from the air keeping
your home clean and your family healthy. Filters clean best when they are new and do a
progressively worse job as they get dirty. This is especially important here in Florida where we run our AC units constantly.
Yet, I'll admit I have been guilty of not changing our filters nearly enough and it has caused a disagreement or two between me and my husband, seriously, lol. Fortunately, I've since discovered Filter Easy to keep us on track and never forget again.
FilterEasy is a convenient subscription service that delivers your filters right to your door when they need to be changed - so you will never forget again or have to bother going to the store and picking them up again either and delaying the change time further. Simply select your exact filter sizes and preferred filter grade (they have lots of sizes available). Schedule the your frequency and they will automatically arrive at your door in time for changing. I expected the convenience to be expensive, but shipping is free and the filters cost the same as my local hardware store, so I'm never going back.
TIP: Get Your First Filter FREEGet Free $20 to spend on FilterEasy.com, so that's like getting one air filter for FREE, plus free shipping (although, shipping is always free), and you can cancel anytime. No membership fees. No commitment. Nothing to lose, but your dirty old filters. ;)
Buy A Himalayan Salt Lamp & Charcoal Bag
When the 200-million-year-old crystallized salt is heated by the small bulb inside, it releases negative ions which are known to neutralize pollutants in the air. Probably the most well-known benefit – and why the majority of people use them – is due to their incredible power to remove dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants from the air.
How? They attract water molecules from the surrounding environment then absorb those molecules – as well as any foreign particles they may be carrying – into the salt crystal. As the lamp warms up from the heat produced by the light bulb inside, that same water then evaporates back into the air and the trapped particles of dust, pollen, smoke, etc remain locked in the salt.
Real Himalayan salt lamps are hand chiseled solid blocks of ancient crystal salts. They have a beautiful pink color, often pinkish orange, due to the high concentration of minerals.
Fragrance Free, Chemical Free and Non-Toxic, the natural moso bamboo charcoal bag effectively absorbs odors, allergens and harmful pollutants. It also prevents mold, mildew and bacteria from forming by absorbing excess moisture. Best of all, you can reuse it for up to two years, to rejuvenate just place the bags outside in the sun once a month for about an hour. Covers 90 square feet. We put ours in the closet that houses our AC unit. I just added two more bags to my holiday wish list. Who knew I'd actually want coal for Christmas? lol.
After two years as an air purifier, the Moso Bag will make a wonderful addition to your garden. Simply sprinkle the bamboo charcoal into the soil, where it helps plants absorb moisture and nutrients. This completes its life cycle as a product that comes from the earth and ultimately gives back to the earth. Love it!