Though there have been a number of studies that attest to the fact that indoor air pollution does exist, the popular notion remains to be that air pollution is something that is present in outdoor environments. A lot of people also tend to think that staying indoors is effective enough in avoiding exposure to air pollution.
The truth is, though, that the air inside homes and office buildings can sometimes be more polluted than outdoor air. We all have brought in household products into our homes, and these same household products are just some of the culprits of indoor air pollution. The air inside homes may be polluted by molds, dust, fire-retardants, lead (found in house dust), mites, and bacteria, just to name a few. Even fragrances, when sprayed from a spray can, can contribute to air pollution indoors.
Fortunately, there are several ways in which we can improve the quality of air that we breathe while indoors.
Clean up diligently.
Dust, mites, molds, mildew – these are just some of the pollutants that may exist indoors. Diligently cleaning surfaces, floors, and dark corners of closets and rooms should be done regularly in order for some of these pollutants to be removed, thereby leaving cleaner air to breathe while indoors.
Ensure good ventilation.
Good ventilation is essential in every home as this allows for bad indoor air to be removed. Similarly, any cracks or leaks that can potentially introduce polluted outdoor air indoors need to be sealed up in order for proper ventilation to occur.
Ban indoor smoking.
Smoke exhaled by cigarette smokers can contain over 4,000 varied chemicals, so second-hand cigarette smoke is definitely still a health risk. Allowing a family member to smoke indoors is like giving him the freedom to add to the growing list of air pollutants that already exist in your home.
Bring nature into your home.
Certain house plants can help in eliminating toxic agents from indoor air, so it’s definitely a great idea to bring them inside your home. They act as a sort of mini-air purifier – and they can add to the ambiance in the rooms inside the home, as well.
Change your air filters regularly.
The air filters in your HVAC system work by filtering out any harmful substances from the air before it is cleaned and recirculated throughout your home. Dirty air filters are not only less effective, they may also endanger the life span of your HVAC, so changing them regularly should definitely be a priority. When shopping for replacement air filters, be sure to choose the right size of air filters that can fit in your HVAC.
The quality of air indoors should be monitored and kept healthy in order for everyone in the family to live without any worries about breathing in polluted air. Improving indoor air quality is especially important for families who have children with asthma or any other forms of respiratory conditions.