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10 Ways to Ensure that your Indoor Air is Pollution Free

A number of recent studies have shown that indoor air pollution is now a greater health hazard than outdoor air pollution. The health effects can range from mild fatigue to severe respiratory distress and death. Although there is no absolute way to completely curb the pollution, the following steps will help you minimize the indoor pollution and live healthier.

  • Quit smoking: Don’t smoke or allow others to do so in your home or car.
  • Install adequate ventilation: Find the source of bad smells (a rotting potato in the cupboard? musty blankets? a pet accident?) and clean it up. Where appropriate, use a box of baking soda in the area instead of air fresheners, which cost more and can contain VOCs and phthalates
  • Remove shoes at the door
  • Install an Electronic Air Cleaner: Electronic air cleaners can extract 30 times as much dust as ordinary filters. However, they are usually expensive.
  • Reduce Indoor Air Pollution Naturally with Houseplants: while plants are effective in reducing indoor air pollution, they don’t look out of place or create noise. E.g. spider plant, English ivy, areca palm, and peace lily
  • 10 Ways to Ensure Air is Pollution Free

 

  • Have car emissions tested regularly
  • Eliminate odors, don’t mask them: Find the source of bad smells (a rotting potato in the cupboard? musty blankets? a pet accident?) and clean it up.
  • Make your cleaning count.Dust can harbor pollen, pet dander, bacteria, mites, mold, and mildew. Therefore, dust furnishing and vacuum cleaning regularly is crucial
  • Control critters: Seal cracks and crevices and put food away. You’ll be less apt to attract pests and need to use pesticides. To minimize your exposure to pet dander, banish pets from sleeping areas and upholstered furniture.
  • Rethink pricey fixes: There’s little medical evidence that an air cleaner alone can ease allergies and asthma; try low-cost solutions first. And there’s no proof that cleaning ducts prevents health problems or that dirty ducts increase airborne particulates.