4 ways to improve air quality
Australians spend more than 90% of their time indoors, making indoor air pollutants a major risk factor to health and wellbeing. Pollutants such as chemical odours, pet dander, mould, and dust can cause sensory and skin irritation, neurotoxic symptoms, hypersensitivity, and odour and taste symptoms. Australians invest so much into protecting themselves outside the home, but what can we do to protect ourselves indoors?
Control sources of indoor pollution
- Reduce toxins and irritants released into the air
- Service and adjust heaters and stoves regularly to reduce their emissions
- Reduce or eliminate the use of cleaners and solvents indoors
Ventilate your home properly to move fresh air
Inadequate ventilation is the largest contributing factor to indoor air pollution, accounting for 52% of cases of indoor air pollution. Most people live in buildings that are tightly sealed and insulated to keep out unconditioned outdoor air. There is little air re-circulation, which means pollutants such as smoke, dust, heat, metals, humidity and carbon dioxide will accumulate indoors over time. Your home should be properly ventilated with exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to draw out stale air and recirculate household air. An air circulator in the room can help to keep the air fresh and well-circulated.
Invest in air purifiers to filter dust and pollutants out of the air
Air purifiers help to improve indoor air quality by eliminating allergens and pollutants from the air. They often include one or more filters, including HEPA filters and activated carbon filters. These help to rid the air of contaminants like dust, pollen, dander, mould spores, and smoke.
Keep a healthy level of humidity
Moisture problems are another common source of indoor air pollution and can lead to indoor mould growth. Dust mites and mould thrive on moisture. Indoors, a humidity level of around 30% to 50% is ideal to keep them and other allergens other control.
Text and images: Vornado Australia