Air inside the average home can be anywhere between two or five times more polluted than the air outside and this has a direct effect on your health.
According to the World Health Organisation, more than four million people die each year from illness that can be contributed to indoor air pollution.
One of the scariest things about indoor air pollution is the seemingly harmless nature of its many sources.
The pollution comes from a variety of seemingly innocuous sources such as heating, cooking and cleaning appliances, house furnishings
Listed below are some of the most common ways a home can become polluted.
• Glues and Adhesives
• Carpets (especially new carpets)
• Chemicals in household cleaners (instead of using poisonous household cleaners you can make your own natural household cleaners)
• Foam insulation materials
• Pressed-wood products (plywood, particle board, and medium-density fiberboard)
On top of this, pollutants from the outside creep in as air blows through the doors and windows or carried in on your shoes and clothes.
You cant see or smell these chemicals, but your body certainly knows they're there and may not respond well.
This is why indoor air pollution is more likely to be linked to chronic conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and even the extremeness debilitating conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The chemicals once entered into your body via the lungs then disperse into your bloodstream, leading to further risk of cardiac disease.
Indoor pollutants can also be associated with skin conditions, headaches, fatigue and many other low grade chronic concerns.
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The good news.
There is a lot you can do about to reduce air pollution in your home - and doesn't necessarily require a great deal of expense or fancy equipment.
Cooking is a key contributer to indoor pollution.
Any time you cook, pollutants such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are produced.
Studies from the University of Sheffield UK have shown that a gas cooker in a small apartment produces three times the levels of nitrogen dioxide inside than what it is outside.
Never cook without the range hood on.
Also if you are only cooking a small meal, use the back section of your cook top, where the range hood is most effective.
Using extractor fans in the bathroom will significantly reduce the build up of mold.
Also a fan in your work environment or office, will help reduce inhalation of solvents,gases, paints or glues.
Printers can emit tiny particles of toner, which are easily inhaled.
Its important to clean regularly, as dust settling on furniture and flooring can be absorbed into fabrics.
This dust when stirred will be inhaled, causing irritants to your lungs.
Microfiber cloth will trap particles within the cloth fabric rather than dispersing into the air.
Unfortunately it is also possible that your cleaning products may be contributing to home pollution.
As well as throwing dust into the air, a common cleaning chemical called limonene - which is used to create citrus scents- reacts with molecules in the air to create a pollutant called formaldehyde, which is irritates the lungs.
This is why you should avoid scented cleaners and use natural products.
Or even better, go back to basics and create homemade cleansers using vinegar or baking soda.
Greenery absorbs pollutants.
Research by NASA has shown that many common plants likes spider plants, bamboo palms, ivy and peace lilies are very efficient at this.
Think of your indoor palants as air filtration systems.
Plants take in toxins like VOCs and carbon monoxide, filter them and send out as oxygen.
While even a single indoor plant will help, the more the merrier.
Even little changes you can make in your home will contribute to improving your indoor air quality.
And as many of us spend most of our time indoor at home or the office, we should really be turning our attention to indoors.
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