When we think about air pollution, the first image that springs in our minds is those of fumes, smog, car exhausts and withered plants. Yes, it is not a pretty picture to imagine. However, what is more alarming is that we do not consider this image to be happening inside our houses or offices. We spend more than 80% of our time indoors (either in our houses, offices or during commute). This is why we should be more aware of the condition of air in our living space and know how to manage air pollution in our homes.
Activities like cooking, using deodorant sprays, cleaning household, using air freshener, and smoking indoors all contribute to air pollution in your home. The air in our homes is laden with microscopic pollutants (both solid and liquid), unburnt carbon particles, carbon mono oxide, formaldehyde etc. Then there are thousands of microorganisms which roam freely in the air all the time. Knowing how to manage air pollution in your homes is the key to living a healthy life.
Here are the steps you can take to manage air pollution in your homes:
- Humid air is laden with pollutants and microorganisms. Managing moisture is the key to have a healthy household. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to regulate the moisture in the air.
- Smoking is a bad habit which is not only injurious to your health but affects everyone around you. And this habit is even worse when done indoors. So, avoid smoking indoors at any cost.
- Cooking should be done in a fresh area.
- The household should be clutter-free. Make sure not to throw clothes on the couch after coming back from a long day at work.
- Hard floors are always more preferable. They are easier to clean and they accumulate less dust and dirt than carpet flooring.
- Ensure that the trashcans are well covered and the litter isn’t spilled. This is to avoid any kind of pest problems in your household.
- Upon returning home after a long day of work, please refrain from leaving your shoes by the door-side. Keep them in a well-ventilated
- Please refrain from using aerosols and other air fresheners in your house.
- Ensure to have your car emissions checked at regular intervals.
- Ensure exhaust fans and oven chimneys are all in working order and call for their maintenance regularly.
- Periodically, clean the rooms thoroughly and dust surfaces with a vacuum cleaner.
- Keep small potted plants near windows and electrical appliances.
Taking these simple steps will not only help you to manage air pollution in your home but also greatly improve the air in your household.