6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Each one of us is aware of the extremely hazardous air quality in India’s capital city these days. Though other cities are comparatively better, the air quality is still bad in almost all cities of the country. If you are thinking that the problem is only outdoors and you are safe inside your homes or offices, then you need to think again.
The air inside is equally bad and in some cases worse than outside. It can have many added pollutants like lead, radon, formaldehyde, and other volatile chemicals besides the dust and dirt from various appliances, paints, fragrances etc. that we use on a daily basis.
Here are few ways to improve the air quality indoors where most of us spend a major part of our day.
- Use Natural Air Filters: There are many houseplants that are excellent air cleaners. They can make the indoor air clean of toxic agents like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene etc. Keeping these plants indoors not only makes the indoors beautiful and lively, but also helps in cleaning the indoor air. Few of these plants are Arica Palms, English Ivy, Peace Lily etc. Most of these plants, which absorb VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) through their foliage and roots, need very low maintenance.
- Make Use of Air Purifiers: Making lifestyle-related changes is mandatory to keep that pollution levels indoors in check. Besides adopting more of natural fragrances and bringing nature indoors you can also think of investing in a good quality air purifier for home. Air purifiers that are fitted with HEPA filter are known to eliminate almost 99.97% of the common allergens that are usually present in the air indoors. Advanced models from brands like Kent are known to be highly efficient at purifying air.
- Make Your Indoors a No-Smoking Zone: Cigarettes are a big nuisance not only to the one who smokes, but also for those around the smokers. It contains more than 4,000 chemicals and the cigarette smoke can cause health problems both in active as well as passive smokers. The active smoker has chosen voluntarily to play with his/her health, but to safeguard others around him/her, make sure that they go out for smoking. Don’t allow anyone to light up indoors.
- Restrict from Using Synthetic Fragrances: We use a lot of products like air fresheners, laundry products, perfumes, soaps etc. on a daily basis that have synthetic fragrances in it. The gases evaporating from these products can contain many harmful VOCs. Try to use as many natural products as you can and refrain from using these products that abound with artificial fragrances. Instead of using an air freshener, try keeping few slices of lemon to perfume the air around. Make use of baking soda for cleaning purposes. Use neem oil and camphor to keep mosquitoes out instead of chemical alternatives.
- Use Vacuum with HEPA Filters: Using a vacuum to suck up the dust and dirt is the best way to keep the surroundings clean and safe. They are capable of sucking in allergens like dust mites, pet dander, pollens and also toxins like PBDEs.
- Maintain Ideal Humidity Levels: The mould, dust mites, bacteria and viruses love to thrive in moist surroundings. Maintaining a healthy humidity level of 30%-50% keeps a check on them. You can buy a good dehumidifier to maintain this level and thus keep your indoor air safe to breathe.
Making use of both natural things and technology to keep the air indoors clean and safe to breathe will be an ideal solution.