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Aug 9, 2023

How to Get Fresh Air When Living in a Small Space

Living in a small space can feel limiting, especially when it comes to enjoying fresh air  and all of the health benefits that come along with it. Indoor air quality can be lacking and if paired with poor ventilation, can lead to health risks. Here are five tips for getting fresh air and enjoying nature when you live in a small space.


Open the Windows

Opening the windows in your home is a quick and easy way to move out stale air.

Not only will having the windows open help you air out your space, but it may also help to give you more energy. Fresh air is great for your health. The fresher the air we get, the more oxygen our body receives. This can have positive effects on your blood pressure, heart rate, digestive system, and immune system. Be sure to open those windows up every chance you get!


Create a Tiny Garden

Whether you have a small yard or perhaps no yard at all, there are still ways to explore and enjoy gardening. If you have a small porch, patio, terrace, or balcony, consider planting different flowers or vegetables in large pots. Potted plants are easier to maintain than a full-fledged garden and are well-suited to limited time and space. If you do not have an outdoor area, consider keeping a small garden (like the one shown above) near a window inside your home.


Keep Air-Cleaning Plants

Plants are versatile and can be easily integrated into almost any interior design aesthetic. More importantly, many plants can actually help purify the air in your home. When you live in a small space and are constantly breathing in re-circulated air, plants can be a cost-effective way of filtering out pollutants. When looking for plants at your local nursery or home improvement store, be sure the term “air purifier” is present on the label. Some plants to consider on your search would be peace lilies, spider plants, and common ivy.


Invest in an Air Purifier 

Air purifiers are a great way to keep the circulating air in your home clean and fresh. If you suffer from environmental allergies, these can be a real lifesaver as they consistently remove dust, allergens, and other pollutants from the air. Air purifiers also work to eliminate harmful chemicals (like radon), from indoor environments and can even reduce the chances of airborne illnesses.


Go for a Walk

Regardless of the time of year, one sure fire way to get fresh air is to spend some time outside. Spending time outside has been scientifically proven to give a boost to both your mental and physical health. Taking a walk is a great way to  ensure you get both fresh air and exercise. You might even consider taking your pet with you or calling a friend to tag along.


Looking for other ways to get outside and enjoy the fresh air? Check out the link below for our top six favorite places to watch the sun set in New York State.