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WFH Tips: 5 Quick & Easy Ways for Cleaner Air at Home

Since March 2020, many of us have been working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we spend more time at home as compared to when pre-COVID, it begs the question – how do we have cleaner air at home?

In today’s article, we will look at 5 quick and easy ways to achieve that.

1. Use an air purifier

Since the pandemic started, major retailers have seen a spike in the sales of air purifiers.

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States' Centre for Disease Control and Prevention have accepted data that the Coronavirus can spread through the air, in addition to other modes of transmission, such as via droplets.

So in addition to having cleaner air, having an air purifier will also provide some protection against bacteria and viruses.

Invest in a high-quality air purifier will also be helpful for those with allergies and who are highly sensitive to dust particles or pollutants.

These air purifiers can filter out small particles and dust and will help to keep your home’s air fresh and clean.

Many such appliances are quiet so it doesn’t distract you when working. They are also energy-efficient and does not increase your electricity consumption.

2. Get indoor air-purifying plants

For those who feel it is not necessary to invest in an air purifier, a good alternative would be indoor air-purifying plants.

Go for plants that require very little care and not too large in size such as money plants, snake plants and aloe vera plants.

Money plants are known to boost Fengshui energy and they also produce oxygen to freshen the air. It grows easily on just soil or water and needs little maintenance.
Snake plants are known to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and also remove harmful gases such as benzene and formaldehyde. It is a lovely plant and requires very little care and needs very little watering.
Aloe vera plants are very effective in removing harmful formaldehyde and you can use the flesh as a skin balm or a health food as it is a rich source of antioxidants.

3. Ensure good ventilation of air

In a recent report in the Straits Times, the National Environment Agency (NEA) advises the public to ventilate the air at home as much as possible.

Practices like opening doors or windows as much as possible to maximise natural ventilation is a good way to keep the air fresh and clean. Natural ventilation also helps to reduce the risk of getting exposed to the Covid-19 virus.

Open your doors and windows to let in the fresh air as it allows air to circulate and helps to reduce pollutants and allergens.

In addition, you may get to reduce a little off the electricity bill by not having to switch on the air-conditioning and fans.

4. Keep your home clean

Vacuum and mop the floors of your home to get rid of dust, hair, dirt and other harmful particles.

Whilst keeping the doors and windows open for ventilation is a good idea, it may also allow dust and particles from outside to settle into your home. This is especially so if there are building works or renovation nearby.

Try placing a doormat at the entrance. This will reduce the amount of dust and dirt from getting into your home.

Also, remember to inform everyone entering your home to wipe their shoes on the mat. This will leave most pollutants on the mat and not on the floors of your home.

You should also change your beddings and curtains regularly as they tend to attract allergens. This is more so if you have pets at home as pets shed a significant amount of dander.

5. Try out beeswax candles

Beeswax candles are known to ionize the air and neutralise toxic compounds and contaminants.

They can only improve the air quality in your home and even remove common allergens like dust from the air.

When you light a beeswax candle, it will clean the air like a natural air purifier.

When burned, beeswax produces negative ions and they attract positive ions such as dust, pollen, mold, odour, toxins floating in the air and in the process, cleans the air.

Beeswax candles can also be used by people with allergies such as asthma, sinuses and sensitivities.

So there you have it - simple tips and hacks to help enhance your WFH experience.

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