Posted On Jul 29, 2020 by Rajat Homes
When we talk about air pollution, the pollution outside is what concern us most. Vehicle emissions, burning of fossil fuels and industrial gases pollute the air mostly which make us fall sick. Well, that’s what we think. Researches show that “the air inside our home is actually 2 to 5 times more polluted and toxic than the air we breathe outdoors”. As the pandemic broke out, we are mostly staying at home. Some of us are scared to step out of the home for the fear of being infected by the virus. But, what about our indoors?
From the household items like disinfectants, air fresheners, wood preservatives to mattresses we sleep or kids’ pyjama – everything can contain harmful chemicals and toxins which will eventually make us fall sick. Inhaling the toxins 24×7 can cause rashes, coughing, irritation in the eyes, as well as asthma-like symptoms that are not at all desirable, especially in this crucial time when we are already fighting with a deadly virus. Poor ventilation can also cause indoor air pollution by trapping the allergens and pollutants inside and keeping the outdoor air from diluting emissions caused by the pollutants. When the city is gasping for air, Rajat Boulevard is offering south open apartments ensuring breezy living as well as plenty of sun in their residential project near EM Bypass. These residential apartments in Tangra are built for the new generation keeping in mind the evolving needs of their modern lifestyle.
So, what can you do to purify the air at home? The toxic indoor air can be effectively managed by adopting some simple changes and right tools and techniques.
A clean home is a healthy home. Dust mites often cause irritation in nose and throat, leaving you feeling tired and lethargic. Clean your rugs and carpets regularly with a vacuum cleaner at least once a week as they trap dust and other particles in their fibres. Hard-surface flooring instead of wall-to-wall carpeting will reduce the allergens at home. Keep your bed sheets, curtains, cushions, pillow covers and clothes clean because dust mites often linger in the fabric of your homes for a long time. If you are a pet parent, keep your furry buddies off your bed and sofas to minimize the build-up of hair.
Proper ventilation and airflow in the room is very crucial as it removes stagnant air and leaves harmful air pollutants and allergens to circulate outside the room thereby limiting your exposure to it. Recently, researchers have speculated that Covid19 can be spread through the air in a closed room where there is no or little scope of ventilation – which is a matter of concern for all of us. Open the doors and windows of your room. Install attic fans or trickle ventilators to allow fresh air to move into the house. Ventilate your cooking area as they can be a major source of indoor air pollution.
Consider changing your AC filters. Apart from giving your home that perfect temperature, air-conditioning systems also filter out some of the common air-pollutants and pollens. When the filters stop working, they cause trouble for your indoor air quality and also wear down your AC system. Also, change the filters of other household appliances like the vacuum cleaner, clothes dryer and kitchen vents etc. Consider cleaning and replacing the filters in every few months. Also check if the air ducts are properly maintained, otherwise, they can distribute contaminants from one room to another.
Plants not only enhance the aesthetics of your room but also act as a natural purifier. Some indoor houseplants can thrive on little sunlight and hardly need any maintenance. They remove toxins from the air whilst providing additional oxygen. Try placing at least one house plant per 100 square feet of your home for improving the indoor air quality. Peace Lily, Lady Palm, Lucky Bamboo, Ivy are some of the low maintenance indoor plants that you must consider having in your home.
People living in metro cities have their own lifestyle hazards that can cause indoor air pollution. It’s important to adopt some good habits to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Take off your shoes before entering the home; avoid furniture made with glues that release toxins into the atmosphere, use eco-friendly cleaning products such as lemon and vinegar that leave no toxic footprint behind. Do not smoke inside your home. It doesn’t only harm you but your loved one as well because passive smoking can increase the chance for developing asthma and cancer. Replace your regular candles with beeswax candles which emit almost no smoke. Try making your own essential oil using cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, tea tree etc. that reduce bad odours and keep the home free from germs.