Keeping the doors, windows and other inlets properly sealed is the best way to keep the gusty winds of the chilly season at bay. But, in a well-insulated living space, it becomes all the more important to prevent indoor air pollution. With little or no outer airflow, airborne allergens and bacteria can easily spread in every direction, contaminating the entire indoor environment.
So, if you also want to protect your home from being infested by indoor allergens this winter, we’ve got you covered. From unsettled dust to humidity and a stale air conditioning system, here we’ll identify all the common indoor pollution problems and discuss their best possible solutions.
Effective Ways To Prevent Indoor Air Pollution
Here are some of the most effective solutions that can prevent different types of allergens and air pollutants from spreading indoors.
Keep Your Space Well Ventilated
Indoor air pollution can significantly reduce if you have a well-ventilated home. Even if you can’t open the windows during the cold season all the time, make sure you open them twice or thrice a day for around 15-20 minutes each time to allow fresh air to flow inside your living space and make your indoor environment desirably pleasant. You can also get exhaust fans installed to have a proper ventilation system in your home that will pull out all the musty air.
Apply the No Smoking Rule
No matter how cold it gets outside, never smoke inside your home. If you smoke at home, you not only put your life at stake but also create severe health hazards for your family members by filling up the indoors with cigarette smoke.
Research suggests that inhalation of cigarette smoke, which is also known as passive smoking, is as harmful as active smoking and can result in deadly illnesses, such as lung cancer and tuberculosis. So, try maintaining a smoke-free environment in your home.
Pets can also become one of the major sources of indoor air pollution if their cleanliness and hygiene are not looked after properly. So, if you want to have a pet-friendly environment at home, which is hygienic as well, you should follow a regular schedule for cleaning your pet and all of its enclosures, at least 2 to 3 times a week.
However, if any of your family members are prone to pet allergies, then you shouldn’t be having any pets around. Animals tend to shed more hair and skin than humans, which can transform into air pollutants, causing people with allergies to cough more, have a runny nose or face breathing problems in the worst-case scenarios.
Use a Doormat
Try keeping a large floor mat at every entrance door. People coming from the outside usually track in all sorts of pollutants, allergens and chemicals with the dirt on their shoes. However, rubbing your feet on the doormat incredibly reduces the amount of dirt, and other pollutants from getting into your home, thus improving the indoor air quality and upkeeping the hygiene of your home.
Trapping pollutants like pet dander, dust mites, insect allergens, lead, mould, particle pollution, dirt, dust, spores and pesticides, carpets can dramatically impair the indoor air quality. Toxic gases in the air like the ones they use during home fumigation sticks to small particles that settle into carpets.
These pollutants can become airborne at any time, especially during the process of vacuuming and renovations. However, even some of the simplest activities like walking or exercising on the carpet can affect the air quality in your home. So, if a large area of your home is covered in carpet, it will become nearly impossible for you to get rid of airborne pollutants and allergens. However, in such a case, switching to a carpet-free home environment is one of the best ways to prevent indoor air pollution.
Avoid Spraying Air Fresheners Excessively
Used to mask unpleasant odours, air fresheners or room sprays, when sprayed indoors, create a fine mist of fragrance that stays. Most air fresheners available in the market these days are made from a variety of fragrances in the form of chemical compounds and essential oils.
The toxic effects of an air freshener depend on the chemical formulation and the amount in which it is being used. When sprayed in small amounts, an air freshener does not pose any health risk. However, excessive use of room sprays can adversely affect your health and home environment.
Change the Filters of Your Air Conditioner
When was the last time you checked the air filter of your air conditioning system? Well, it is very important for you to get your air conditioning system serviced and its air filter cleaned or changed after every few months to maintain a pollution-free environment in your home.
These were some effective ways to prevent indoor air pollution. Do try these tips and share with us your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your valuable suggestions help us improve our pieces.
Meanwhile, the winter season is at its peak, which means it’s time for you to safely turn on your home heating system by following these tips. However, you can also make use of these clever solutions to keep your living space delightfully warm without using heaters.
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