Simple and Safe Solutions to Eradicate Indoor Air Pollution
by Cassidy Lane
Now that most people are spending approximately 90% of their time inside, good air quality and a comfortable indoor environment are more important than ever. For clean indoor air, the installation of safe and efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning is vital. All these systems are associated with outdoor air intake so it is important that they are properly installed, maintained and kept clean in order to keep circulating clean and uncontaminated air. Flexible options to install or restore systems mean that this can always be made a priority.
No Smoking Zones
If the HVAC systems in your home are efficient and well maintained, there’s no reason to use other more dangerous and polluting forms of heating. Fine particles in wood smoke can enter the lungs causing serious respiratory disease. The rise in popularity of wood burning stoves does not diminish the high levels of pollution that they emit and the long list of health problems they can cause. Taking away the sources of smoke, like wood burners, cigarettes and even candles, clears the air of soot and toxins and is immediately beneficial to health.
A Comfortable Environment
As well as being attractive and soothing, fountains can humidify and purify the air. Water particles from an indoor installation will stop the air feeling dry and negative ions released by the running water will attract dirt particles from the atmosphere. Surround your fountain with large leaf plants like ficus or Boston ferns and they too will absorb airborne pollutants from the room. Ozone is the main component of air pollution inside and out and plants have been proven to be effective at removing it from enclosed rooms.
Simple Safety Measures
Like ozone, carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas and therefore hard to detect. Each year, 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning but simply installing an inexpensive, battery operated, carbon monoxide alarm will alert you to the problem and could save your life. Also present in indoor air are volatile organic compounds found in cleaning products that can contribute to allergies and respiratory problems. However, they are easily replaced with natural products such as vinegar or lemon juice. As indoor air can be up to 5 times as polluted as outdoor air, sometimes just opening a window will refresh it.
When we spend so much time indoors, good air quality inside our homes and offices is vital for wellbeing. Once safe and clean HVAC systems are installed, the addition of moving water, plants and good ventilation can further improve air quality and create a comfortable environment in which to live and work.