According to a recent survey, Americans choose to spend approximately 87 percent% of their lives indoors and about 6 percent of their time inside vehicles. While there are a number of reasons people prefer to stay indoors, most choose to do so because they believe that this is an effective way to avoid breathing in the polluted air outside the four walls of their
Unfortunately, indoor air quality at home may not be as good as you think. In fact, your home’s indoor air quality can be as polluted as (if not, even more so than) the air outside – most especially if you are doing any of these
- Never Opening Any of Your
You may think that you’re protecting your family by keeping the polluted air outside from entering your home. However, you have to realize that by not opening the windows, you are also keeping the bad air in. Just think about it: Almost anything can pollute indoor air, from the burning of candles, and cooking to indoor smoking. Even your wall’s paint can contribute to the poor quality of the air that you breathe at home. But perhaps, the most overlooked source of air pollutant is
During grade school, we are taught that humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. By not opening your windows, you are exhausting the oxygen inside your room. In this sense, “getting some fresh air” is not a just a metaphor but literally an action that can improve indoor air quality. As a rule, you should leave your windows open for about 10 minutes every day to prevent indoor air from
- Using Air Fresheners and Fabric
A scientific study conducted at the University of Washington found that a single synthetic fragrance has about 133 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), 24 of which are classified as toxic under at least one federal law. For perspective, there are approximately 21 toxic VOCs in cigarette smoke.
While the chemicals that make up a single synthetic fragrance are harmless on the human skin, there’s definitive study on its adverse effects when inhaled. This is the why scientists consider air fresheners and any product that uses synthetic fragrances as bad as secondhand smoke.
- Not Doing Regular
Cleaning does not only entail sweeping and mopping the floors. You also need to schedule regular wall and ceiling scrubbing, as well as the dusting of all furniture. This will help prevent potential allergens, such as dust mites and grime, from
To ensure good indoor air quality, you may want to install a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. It will help purify and filter indoor air effortlessly.