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6 Ways to Purify the Air in Your Condo Unit
   by Ice Artificio  •  Mar 14, 2019  •  General
I have moderate allergies.

That manifests itself through nasal congestion, sneezing fits, runny nose, and headache.

Severe versions of it shows as hives, rashes, red watery eyes, and later on, difficulty breathing.

My triggers are commonly dust, smoke, pollen, and pet dander.

When you live in the city, I learned the hard way that these are very common in the air you breathe.

I have suddenly become a dust and pet dander sensor for friends and family.

Humor aside, even if you don’t react to these triggers the same way as I do, many of these affect your health in the long run.

Poor air quality can lead to increased stress levels, respiratory disorders, a higher risk of heart disease, and even impair brain function.

Don’t worry, while we can only do so much about the air quality outside, you have more control with the air inside your rented home.

Here are some ways to help clean and improve the air quality inside your condo unit.

1. Invest in an Air Purifier
This took a big chunk of my budget but was one best purchases I’ve made.

Look for a unit with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter which takes out pet dander, dust mites, pollen, and tobacco smoke.

It did make me breathe easier and I wake up without the usual clogged nose.

2. Clean Your Air Conditioning Every Six Months
When I lived in the suburbs, I could get away with not cleaning the air con for a few more months.

But in the city, 6 months is enough for that black goo to fill the crevices of your unit and heavily degrade air quality.

Remember, your air conditioner also filters air on top of cooling it.

3. Plants to the Rescue
Get your semi-green thumb planting! Indoor plants such as Devil’s Ivy, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, and Weeping Fig not only have cool names, they are touted as some of the best indoor plants that purifies air.

Even better is that most of these guys thrive in partial shade and do not need a lot of attention to thrive.

4. Make it a Habit to Regularly Vacuum
Unfortunately, regular cleaning and vacuuming are vital in maintaining clean air.

Run your vacuum through cobwebs in your ceiling, corners and other crevices. Wipe off your countertop, tables, and other areas where dust rests.

5. Ban Indoor Smoking
There’s really no point trying to clean your indoor air if someone lights a stick inside.

It sticks to your walls, your couches and you won’t even realize it until an outsider points it out.

If you have a roommate that smokes, tell them to do their business in designated smoking areas outside.

6. Beware Consistently Moist Areas
You guessed it, it is the home for molds which can release spores that you could be breathing.

Keep an eye on parts of your home that rarely get to dry out completely and give them a chance to do so.

Let your bathroom breathe and dry out, be on the lookout for any leaks on the ceiling or walls and get a specialist to treat mold when you see an infestation.

These steps work better as a team and doing only one will have very limited effect on the overall air quality in your home.

One of the best benefits of clean air is helping you get a good night’s sleep.

That should be enough motivation to always make sure you come home to a place with clean air.

What are your secrets in improving the air quality in your home? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Renting :)

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