Plants and Air Quality

5 Natural Ways to Purify Your Home’s Air

With all the exciting new advancements in home purification systems, it can be easy to overlook the many natural methods. If you are interested in exploring some natural methods to achieve safer and cleaner indoor air, allow the team at Complete Comfort to be your guide! Here are 5 natural ways to purify your home’s air.

  1. Increase Ventilation

First on our list of tips is to ventilate your home. Because moisture levels in your home have a direct impact on your air quality, proper ventilation is key. However, we don’t recommend opening up windows and doors to allow outside pollutants in. Instead, we recommend installing trickle vents to purify and cycle your indoor air. Furthermore, you should use your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to keep excess moisture and nitrogen dioxide from gas stoves out of your home air.

  1. Burn Beeswax Candles

Another natural way to purify your home’s air is burning beeswax candles. While we recommend that you avoid paraffin candles, beeswax candles ionize the air and neutralize toxic compounds and contaminates. Furthermore, beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent and can dramatically improve conditions for asthma sufferers by removing common allergens like dust from your home’s air.

  1. Use Salt Lamps

Next on our list of natural air purification tips are salt lamps. Known to pull water vapor out of the air and reduce airborne pathogens, irritants, and allergens, salt crystal is an effective natural air purifier. Particularly effective in removing toxins from the environment and neutralizing them is Himalayan pink salt. Simply add a Himalayan pink salt lamp in your room or near your office desk and let the healing properties work their magic on your air. Also, not only do these lamps help purify your air while turned on but work effectively when turned off. However, if you choose to leave it on at night, the natural orange glow of these lamps doesn’t disrupt sleep hormones.

  1. Essential Oils

As another natural way to purify your home’s air, you can use certain essential oils. If you keep oils present in your home like cinnamon, oregano, thyme, grapefruit, lemon, clove, rosemary, and tea tree - viruses, fungi, bacteria, and mold cannot survive. We recommend using Thieves Oil, because it has a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria. Made of essential oils including pine needle, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, lemon, and grapefruit, Thieves Oil is an antiseptic that you can safely add to soaps and detergents in your home for fresher, cleaner air.

  1. Invest in Houseplants

According to a NASA study, houseplants can purify our indoor air, protecting us from side effects associated with toxins like ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene. Especially if you have a family member with respiratory issues, houseplants are one of the best ways to neutralize the impact of indoor pollution. As a rule of thumb, it’s recommended to have one plant per 100 square feet of your home for the best results. For the best air purification, we recommend the following plants:

  • Lady Palm/Broadleaf Lady Palm

These are adaptable plants, but prefer bright, indirect sunlight.

  • Areca Palm, Butterfly Palm, Golden Cane Palm, Bamboo Palm

Fantastic for carpeted and freshly-painted areas, these plants can be kept anywhere and grow in bright indirect light.

  • Peace Lily

As one of the best plants for air purification, peace lilies prefer moderate sunlight.

  • Chrysanthemum

Ideal for areas with decent sun exposure, chrysanthemums prefer bright sunlight.

  • Devil’s Ivy

As highly adaptable plants, Devil’s Ivy can be kept anywhere.

  • English Ivy

English Ivy is a particularly good option for a home or work office, as it can be kept in rooms with computers, printers, fax machines, etc.

  • Boston Fern

Because they grow in bright light, Boston Ferns are best for hanging baskets.

  • Spider Plant

Spider Plants are effective air purifiers for your kitchen, as they can remove carbon monoxide and xylene.

Looking for More Air Purification Solutions?

Even with these natural ways to purify your home’s air, there are more methods to explore. If you are ready to take your home air quality to the next level, consult with the experts at Complete Comfort. Our knowledgeable team is ready to tackle any of your HVAC needs with the best solutions for your home and lifestyle. Call us today at 317-671-7552 or fill out a service request form on our website!