Air pollution doesn’t just happen on the streets and in the subway.
It turns out that 46% of Britons are unaware it’s also present in their homes, according to a new study by Breville.
As many as three out of five of us believe that air pollution only happens outside and therefore don’t think about how to manage it indoors.
The main contributors to air pollution include indoor evaporation, humidity or mold, and even pet ownership.
Why Air Pollution Matters
dr Ranj Singh says: “Indoor air pollution is a hidden danger, even if you don’t have an existing breathing problem, so it’s important that we educate ourselves about the causes.
“Unlike outdoor air pollution, which is directly related to vehicle emissions and industrial by-products, simple daily tasks and our habits can contribute to indoor air pollution, which can also be dangerous.
“Everything from smoking indoors to wood stoves to using cleaning products can increase your risk.”
Air pollution can worsen symptoms of asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Signs of air pollution can include sneezing, allergic reactions, itchy eyes, runny and stuffy noses, and fatigue.
Easy ways to remove it from the house
dr Ranj says, “We cannot completely eliminate indoor air pollution, but we can take steps to reduce it, including using household air purifiers.”
Top tips from Dr. Ranj Singh for better indoor air quality
- Keep your rooms well ventilated. Open your windows several times a day to let in fresh air, which is especially important when cooking.
- Regular vacuum cleaning may seem obvious, but it is particularly important for carpet allergy sufferers. This helps remove polluting particles and pet hair that contribute to indoor pollution.
- Keep your home smoke-free – it’s not just about cigarettes. Incense sticks, wood stoves, etc. all emit carbon monoxide and cardoon dioxide into the air which further pollutes the air we breathe.
- Make sure there are no leaks in your home, as this can lead to a build-up of mold and mildew that can make wheezing, coughing, and asthma symptoms worse. Check your home for signs of mold or mildew and make sure your bathroom has adequate ventilation to prevent moisture, which also causes mold.
- Buy an air purifier.
To make your house less polluted, you can also add some greenery.
If you’re making changes that benefit your health, you might want to take it a step further and do something to improve your well-being too – by getting two health points at once.
Plants are known for their ability to promote mental health and help bring the outside in.
Plants that can help purify the air
These low-maintenance plants have the ability to remove toxins from the air, making them a very effective addition to a home air filtration system. However, peace lilies can be poisonous if swallowed – so keep them away from children.
The peace lily enjoys medium to low light and it is better to under-water than over-water, which will help you avoid root rot.
Chrysanthemums – with their colorful blooms – are a stunning way to brighten up your home by enjoying sunny spots and moist soil.
Thanks to their superior filtering processes, these flowers are also excellent at removing pollutants like toluene and ammonia.
Devil’s ivy is easy to care for, but thrives best in direct sunlight. It can also filter numerous air pollutants, making it a great option for indoor air purification.
This is a plant that is almost impossible to kill, so ideal for people who want to dip their toe into cultivation.
You may also want to invest in some tech if there are issues such as large areas of humidity.
Dehumidifiers reduce mold and mildew, itching, sneezing, a runny nose, and other irritations.
There are many ways to make the air at home cleaner.
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