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Tips on Improving Indoor Air Quality
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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There has been a lot going around on indoor air quality lately. You must have witnessed air purifiers or humidifiers in commercial settings, shopping areas, offices and many other areas. Usually a smoker’s corner would be equipped with one.

Does air quality even matter? Yes, it does. There is huge list of benefits of breathing in pure air, and several hazards of being exposed to environments with poor air quality. Breathing in polluted air can cause several breathing problems such as congestion. Long-term exposure to air pollution can result in lung cancer, respiratory tract infections and several cardiovascular issues.

Air pollution is not just present outdoors, quality of air indoors, is even more important. One basic reason being, we spend more that 80% of our time in indoor environments including, homes, offices, public places and even vehicles. So how can you improve the quality of the air for yourself? Here are a few tips that can help improve your indoor air quality.

Ventilation

In most areas, quality of outdoor air will be a lot better than your indoor air quality. Open the windows for some time every day if you do not have proper ventilation systems already installed. This will restore the oxygen concentration inside and remove irritating odors and other unwanted gases.

Air filters

Air filters in the air-conditioning and heating systems trap the contaminants present in the air, whereas, unclean filters fail to do the job properly. This is why it is necessary to keep cleaning the filters and replace them as soon as they wear out.

Check Humidity Levels

Humidity is also a great component of indoor air quality. Keeping a check on the indoor humidity levels is therefore important. Higher humidity levels facilitate the growth of organic pollutants such as molds, pollen and bacteria.

Use a dehumidifier if the humidity levels are high. This will also control the allergens present in the air. Also, check and repair any water leaks that might cause dampness.

Smoking outside

Smoking is hazardous to health. Similarly second hand smoke is another major cause of illness and lung problems e.g. cancer. You should quit smoking anyway, but if you cannot, care for your family and go outside when you smoke.

Using Indoor plants

Indoor plants are a great way to maintain the quality of air indoors. There are several types of indoor plants that kill bacteria. Having plants indoors is another great way of keeping the optimum oxygen levels and minimizing the carbon dioxide present in your air. This ensures you always breathe in fresher air.

Using Air Purifiers

There are several other ways apart from those mentioned above. One other easy way is to have air purifiers installed at your home or office. It is vital to test air quality occasionally so that you have an idea of how healthy it is.



 

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