We often tend to think of air pollution as something going on outside- smog, ozone or haze hanging in the air. But the truth is, indoor air is just as (or maybe more) polluted than the outdoor air. The air inside out homes, office, etc is often twice as populated as the air outside.
A serious issue lies in the fact that there are no regulations for indoor air pollution in the home. But precautions are to be taken to improve indoor air quality since high level of pollutants in the air can have adverse health hazards. If you do not know where to begin- then here are seven simple ways you can improve your indoor air quality-
✅ Clean furniture
Uncleaned furniture can be home to various air pollutants like dust, dirt, molds etc. Properly cleaning and dusting the furniture in your home regularly can help in improving your indoor air quality. These pollutants can also be present in carpets, curtains, etc. Keeping your house clean will play a big part in keeping it safe from air pollutants that reduce the indoor air quality.
Airflow is crucial for good indoor air quality. Getting airflow through your house will remove stagnant air and refresh the interior air. If you live in a crowded city, choosing the time of the day to do this is critical. You do not want to open your windows during rush hours only to allow more pollutants inside your home. Opening the door and windows early in the morning would be advisable.
✅ Air conditioner cleaning control
Air conditioners can also be a good way of purifying indoor air (to some extent). Air conditioners usually have some type of filters installed in them which purifies the indoor air and improves the indoor air quality. But to do this, the air conditioner has to be cleaned well too. Pollutants like dust, pollen, etc accumulate in the AC’s filter; hence regular cleaning of the filter is essential.
✅ Radon test
Radon is an odorless gas that can raise the risk of lung cancer. The colorless gas can be found in nearly all soil types and moves up through the ground and into your home through the foundation. Have your home tested for radon as any home (no matter what its age) can have a high levels of radon.
✅ Air monitors
Air monitors help in identifying the level and type of air pollutant present inside your house. Air monitors can help you identify the problem and you can take the precautions accordingly. Smart air monitors from brands like Kaiterra, can be installed to monitor the air. They can also help in identifying the level of humidity and ventilation.
✅ Car exhaust control
Sometimes people leave their car engine running (especially during winters) to warm up their engine but this is not advisable. The emission of pollutants is very high in car engines and can easily enter the house which leads to poor indoor air quality.
✅ Air purifiers
Air purifiers, when used along with air monitors, can have double benefits. You not only know about the type of pollutants in the air but you can also quickly get rid of them without any extra added efforts.
Whether you do a test or simply want to take measures to improve the air quality at home, there are a number of ways to make improvements. Air monitoring (and purifying) is the best option if you want to know your indoor air quality. An increase in the indoor air pollution has been noticed over the past years and proper measures are needed to save you from its effects.