Did you know that the air inside your home or office could be more polluted than outdoor? People are always concerned about the air pollution which is a by-product of irresponsible open burning and smokes released from the factories. But how many of us are concerned or even AWARE about polluted air at home?
Dust particles, flakes from old paintwork (with lead content), carbon monoxide, cigarette smoke, and toxic aerosol household sprays are among the most common air pollutants at home. Those with asthma and allergy problems will have trouble maintaining their health if the air quality is poor, commonly finding themselves feeling sick or lethargic.
In order to create a cleaner living environment for your family, here are some easy steps to follow:
1) Use an air purifier
An air purifier is the best machines that can help to improve the quality of the indoor air. An air purifier works as a machine that circulates and filters the air inside the room through an air or water-based filter. Smokes, dust and other air-borne pollutants will be trapped on the filter and cleaner air will be released. Some air purifier may come with an additional function such as a scent diffuser as well. Scent diffuser has a similar function as an air freshener, which is to give a pleasant smell to the area. You can add aromatherapy or scented oil that promotes health benefits into the aroma diffuser. For instance, adding a few drops of tea tree and eucalyptus oil into the area diffuser would help those with the flu to breathe easily and clear their blocked nose.
The price range for an air purifier suitable for home use is between £100 to £500 while commercial air purifier could cost more than £2,000
2) Get indoor plants
Having greenery inside the house is often for decor purposes. There’s additional benefits though, as having plants will help in removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and acts as a natural air purifier. Plants like English Ivy have the ability to eliminate Formaldehyde while Aloe Vera helps in reducing the amount of Benzene in the air.
3) No smoking
Just like the way it affects your body, long-term cigarette smoking inside your home can cause irreparable damage. The clinging odour is unpleasant and over time, it lingers in the home which can even reduce the resale value of your home. The secondhand smoke leaves harmful particles in the air which can also affect your pet’s health. If smoking inside your home is permitted, have a new house rule. Ask your friends and family with a smoking habit to only smoke at a designated area outside the house. As smoke will roam freely when the wind blows, make sure the nearby doors and windows are closed when people are smoking outside.
4) Open the window
Being the best source of lighting, natural sunlight and air is always the best method for better ventilation. Open up the windows and sliding doors every now and then. But make sure there are no open burning going on in your neighbourhood, and close everything back before dawn to avoid mosquitoes from entering your home. Also, avoid doing this during haze season or if there is construction going on nearby.