When you hear that the air is polluted in some areas, you automatically think about outdoor air. That is good thinking because outdoor air is polluted by industry, power plants, vehicles, and other machines that release chemicals, smoke, or different types of pollution. Most of these problems can occur in rural areas or in big towns. But don’t you dare to think that the air in the village is better. Farmers with their heavy trucks pollute the air as well as vehicles in a big city. Dusty roads are also another source of bad air and let not start to talk about pesticide and whatnot is used today to spray the crops.
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About outdoor air, you can’t do much; you can get inside and shut doors. But that would be another mistake because the indoor air is even more polluted. Indoor air, if not treated, can become toxic, allergic and god knows what else. If there is no airflow in the house, if the windows are not open regularly, the air inside will get heavily polluted by various particles. At the bottom, you can read how to improve indoor air.
How to Know if the Indoor Air is Bad
The best way to know air quality is by using an air quality monitor. You can buy an air quality monitor. However, if you have a decent air purifier with smart sensors, you can monitor air with the air purifier.
If you don’t have an air purifier or air quality monitor, then you can look at lousy air quality symptoms.
- Nose, Eyes and Throat Irritation
- Skin Rash
- Dry Skin
- Respiratory Infections
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, there is a high chance that air quality in your home is terrible.
Reasons Why Indoor Air is Poor
Indoor pollution is as harmful as the outdoors, if not even worse. Let’s take a look at the common indoor pollution sources.
Smoke is terrible, especially if it comes from a cigarette. Smoke can even kill people if inhaled in large doses. If you don’t believe me, ask firefighters in your area. Make sure that the furnace is not releasing smoke. And if you need to smoke, smoke outside.
Air Filters in Various Devices
Air filters need to be clean, or else they may spread pollution and have counter effects. For example, air conditioner units need to be cleaned regularly, and you should make filters are clean. The vacuum cleaner is also an interesting device that can pollute the air at a rapid speed. Cheap vacuum cleaners have bad filters, and instead of removing dust on the floor, they lift it in the air and make particles airborne. Airborne particles can be inhaled, and then we have a severe problem at our hands. Honestly, if you don’t have a decent vacuum cleaner, it is better to use a damp cloth on dust and wipe it instead of a bad vacuum cleaner.
Mold is also one of the allergy-triggering microorganisms that are living in the house. You need to make sure that the house is not wet and dark or else mold will get on your walls and guess what, mold releases mold spores. And we know that spores are responsible for respiratory problems.
There are so many reasons for bad indoor air that we can’t cover all of them, but let me just name some of them.
How to Improve Indoor Air
probably by now, you got some ideas on how to improve the air in your home.
- The best way would be to buy an air purifier. An air purifier is a fantastic device that will filter the air and remove all airborne particles. As a result, you will drastically improve air quality.
- Check and replace all filters in all of your devices that are filtering the air in one or another way.
- Open windows regularly, it is better to let outdoor air in than breathing stale, polluted air.
- Get a decent vacuum cleaner. Premium vacuum cleaners can remove floor dust without lifting a single particle in the air.
- Get a dehumidifier. High humidity levels in the home are an ideal place for mold to grow.
Educate yourself about the pollution and dangers of it are the first things you should do. I really hope that this article helped you understand that outdoor pollution is dangerous and that we need to do everything we can to bring it at a less risky level.