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5 Brilliant Ways To Keep Your Home’s Air Clean And Fresh – Every Day!

WRITTEN by CHRISSY, LAST UPDATED ON April 1, 2024

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Give your home a breath of fresh air with these 5 brilliant options for a consistently clean home atmosphere all year round.

5 Brilliant Ways To Keep Your Home's Air Clean And Fresh Everyday

Thanks to Briiv for sponsoring this article.

There’s nothing nicer than that Spring feeling when you can open all the windows in your home and get lots of fresh air in, right?

Well, yes – and no.

Yes – because it’s proven that fresh and cleaner air can help to reduce the risk of health issues, such as allergies and asthma, and can also improve overall wellbeing.

And no – because that open window air may not actually be as fresh as you’d like it to be.

In fact, it can easily bring in outdoor pollutants and irritants such as car fumes and pollen which can negate the benefits of adding in that ‘fresh’ air at all.

Not to mention the internally caused air pollutants that are caused within the home itself, including:

  • Open fires
  • Pets – dander
  • Dust
  • Candles
  • Cooking
  • Chemicals in products (VOCs)
  • Pollutants brought in on shoes and outdoor clothing

Lastly – with homes now more energy-efficient and tightly sealed than ever – finding effective ways to improve indoor air quality is essential to ensure a healthy and pleasant home environment.

So, what can be done, when it’s such a good idea to have that clean air, but everything around us is trying hard to keep our atmosphere less than fresh?

Here are my top 5 options, with their pros and cons – so you can make the right decision to make your home fresher from today.

They can all really help remove stale air, and freshen up your home – beautifully.

#1 – Decorate With Houseplants

Using houseplants to keep your home's air cleaner

Did you know that houseplants clean your air?

I remember this from my GCSE science revision about oxygen and carbon dioxide – and so have lots of plants dotted around the house as a result!

In fact, I’m a bit obsessed!

Not only do they look great, but they keep me healthy? I’m in!

Pros:

  • You can style the plants any way you like, to suit your décor
  • They’re as natural as you can get!

Cons:

  • Can be hard to upkeep – especially if you’re not a natural gardener
  • The air purification one individual plant can achieve is minimal
  • Cost for lots of plants can add up
  • Space / light may not be available in certain rooms
  • Not good if you have plant allergies or hay fever

#2 – Use An Air Purifier

Using a Briiv Air Purifier to keep your home's air cleaner

There are many types of Air purifier out there to choose from – but always try and pick something that’s as efficient as possible for the best results.

I was lucky enough to be gifted a Briiv recently and not only does it work brilliantly (it’s the equivalent of 3043 plants, imagine trying to have that many plants in your home!!!), it also looks absolutely stunning in my living room.

It came at just the right time as well, as we’re nearing the end of a 9 month build on our house, so the amount of dust in the air has been crazy!

It was lovely to feel that breathing was a little easier once I set it up, and I’m a convert now!

Pros:

  • Can efficiently remove various contaminants such as dust, pollen and smoke particles from the air
  • Some can also absorb gases like VOCs (incl. the Briiv).
  • They can be placed around the house easily
  • Some (like the Briiv) look like works of art, so they can be placed in full view and be a real talking point.
  • Some (like the Briiv) have an app that you can use to program when the purifier is on, and how powerful it should be.

Cons:

  • Can be expensive for the initial purchase, and supplying replacement filters

Note: Briiv also let me know that a brand new version has come out recently – the Briiv Pro. It’s powered with AI tech, which will monitor the air in the room for you. Super clever!

#3 – Clean With A Robot Vacuum

Regular cleaning can really help with keeping the air fresh and clean (just watch for chemicals in the products you’re choosing).

But the downside is that you have to be doing the cleaning, right?!

Well – no! – Use things like a robot vacuum that can work away at taking the pet dander and dust from your floors all the time so they stop circulating as much.

Ideally you want to choose one with a HEPA filter for the best air quality improvements.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Expensive for initial purchase, plus ongoing running costs
  • Easier to set up in larger open spaces
  • Can’t climb stairs!

#4 – Scent With Essential Oils

Using essential oils to keep your home's air cleaner

Anything that’s chemically scented (candles, air plugin fresheners, etc…) can be harmful to the air quality – so you’re best sticking to more natural ideas wherever possible.

Some options you’ve got are:

  • Freshen the air with an essential oil diffuser.
  • Use natural cleaning products scented with essential oils

Pros:

  • You can blend your favourite scents to create the exact aroma you like for each room
  • Some essential oils have specific qualities (Eucalpytus is anti bacterial, for example)

Cons:

  • Can cost more to use essential oils as alternatives to manufactured scents
  • Some people can be irritated by essential oils – so always test first, and dilute

#5 – Go Low VOC

Using Low VOC paint to keep your home's air cleaner

Did you know that even months after you’ve decorated, paints release trace amounts of gases into the air which can be harmful to breathe in?

As such, when decorating, it’s always a good idea to go for low VOC paints, varnishes etc… and you’ll minimise the extra pollutants in the air immediately.

And it’s not only decorating where you can limit your VOC intake.

Using natural cleaning products to keep your home's air cleaner

All of these:

  • Cleaning products
  • Nail Varnish
  • Craft supplies

can bring with them harmful air – so always check the labels and keep any room that you HAVE to use them in well ventilated (or ideally use outside).

5 Brilliant Ways To Keep Your Home's Air Clean And Fresh Everyday

As you can see, there are some brilliant options that will suit all different needs, budgets and styles.

Breathing fresh air doesn’t just feel good, it’s a cornerstone to maintaining a home that supports your health and happiness.

By prioritising the flow of fresh air, you’re taking an active step to ensure your living spaces are both safe AND pleasant for everyone there.

So – what are you waiting for?! – start cleaning the air in your home from today, and you can breathe a little easier.

This article was written by Chrissy

Hi - I'm Chrissy... Having run my own business for 12 years as a Professional Organiser and Interior Designer, I know what works (and what doesn't!) when it comes to setting up a home that works both functionally and aesthetically. Now you can mostly find me in a coffee shop or at home, working full time on OrganiseMyHouse.com (which I setup back in 2011) sharing all my tips and ideas. My mission is to help you create a home that you love to live in every day...

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