We know natural and manufactured pollutants can compromise our air quality. This problem can affect the air you breathe in your own home Particulate Matter pollutants into the household.
As air quality diminishes in a home, health problems can appear or worsen.
Especially difficult with people who already have a compromised lung problem, like asthma or COPD. Children are particularly vulnerable to air quality problems because their airways, smaller than adults, can become inflamed much quicker.
So, What Can You Do About Your Home’s Air Quality?
Know More About The Causes Of Poor Air Quality
Heaters—especially wood-burning stoves—cookers, and open fires can release Particulate Matter into the household environment. PM2.5 & PM10 irritate the throat and nasal passages resulting in throat and nose irritation and possibly a cough.
Heating and cooking with gas releases minute amounts of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2 ) and Carbon Monoxide (CO2) but in sufficient quantities to adversely affect the quality of air in your home.
Damp & mould can also become part of the problem of poor air quality and associated health problems. One mould, in particular, is aspergillus, which is often present in homes in dust and flour.
Cigarettes are contrary to the health, as we all know, but the smoke from them or e-cigarette vapours release pollutants into your home.
Candles incense emit particulate matter – incense over 100x more than candles. Scented candles can also contain VOCs, Volatile Organic Compounds. These are chemical pollutants. They can also be found in cleaning and decorating items we use around our homes, including,
- Pesticides & Fungicides
- Paints& Paint Strippers
- Varnishes & Glues.
- Washing Detergents
- Furniture Polish
- Air Fresheners
- Deodorants & Perfumes
- Carpet Cleaners
Some paints have a globe symbol on the outside that indicates the level of VOC they contain.
Take Action To Improve Your Air Quality
Keep your home well-ventilated. Set a routine for opening your windows or kitchen door a few times a day – especially when cooking. %- 10 mins should suffice to freshen your air.
Keeping your windows open when taking a shower reduces dampness, a major contributor to mould growth and other fungi.
If you reside in a busy or congested area, avoid opening your windows at peak times. If you go to uk-air.defra.gov.uk, you can check the local outdoor air quality.
Check the products you are using in your home, select allergy-friendly, chemical-free products. Avoiding perfumed products is also advisable.
Avoid using sprays. Go for liquid or solid cleaning products.
Vacuum regularly. If dust mites are a problem, try using synthetic pillows and acrylic duvets. Wash all your bedding at least once a week, using an allergy cover on your mattress and bedding. Choose wood or laminate flooring instead of carpets if you can. Instead of curtains, try blinds that can be more easily and frequently cleaned.
Keep your home warm to prevent condensation – if this is a recurring problem, consider purchasing a dehumidifier.
Measure Your Air Quality
You can do this yourself by purchasing CO2 monitors or air monitors that can read the levels of PMs, VOCs and air temperature. You can also contact our experienced team at Environmental Monitors. We can check your air quality for you and advise what you can do to improve the situation.