Air pollution is one of the biggest problems that world is facing these days. And its influence is not limited merely to the streets, roads, industrial areas, it’s everywhere. Even your home is contributing to it!
We think that the air of our house, office or other indoor premises is clean and fresh but actually it could be polluted as well. According to the WHO, every year 4.3 million people die due to the exposure to household air pollution.
So, What is Indoor Air Pollution?
Indoor air pollution, also known as household pollution, refers to the chemical, biological, and physical contamination of indoor air. It includes smoke generated from your stove, paint smelling, pet dander and hair, secondhand smoke, dust and fumes of Gasoline from your garage etc. In rural areas, inefficient cooking and heating practices produce Nitrogen Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide, which cause the high level of indoor air pollution, resulting in several health problems such as Asthma, heart problems, headaches, and stress.
See this infographic below how important it is to figure out and minimize the pollution that is residing in your home.
Infographic Credit: ScoopWhoop
These following are the major reason for indoor air pollution:
- Tobacco smoke
- Heat and smoke from fireplace
- Paint smelling
- Dead cells and dust
- Bathroom Mold
- Pet hair and dander
- Chlorine from showers
- Plant and tree pollens
- Fumes from Gasoline
Indoor air pollution has several adverse effects on health such as Sick Building Syndrome which affects office workers by causing headaches and stress due to poor ventilation. Here are some other health effects listed below:
- Stress and fatigue
- Hypersensitivity and Allergies
- Dry cough
- Heart strokes and many more…..
Here are some tips and best practices that you can implement to fix indoor air pollution problem.
- Avoid smoking inside the home or office place.
- Fix the ventilation problem. Allow more outdoor air coming indoor.
- Separate the fireplace from the living room
- Control the source of pollution. For example tight seal of gasoline containers.
- Perform activities like shoe polish, painting etc. outside your home.
- Keep indoor dry.
- Fix all leakages promptly.
- Use air cleaners recommended by EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency)
So what do you think about indoor air pollution? Are you facing this problem? What are you doing to fix this problem? Are you breathing clean? Please share in comments.