It is important that the air we breathe is as pollutant-free as possible. That is stating the obvious. But, interestingly, most of us don’t live our daily lives keeping this obvious statement in mind. As a result, we tend to go about our days doing things that negatively impact the quality of the air in our homes. On WebMD.com, Christopher Gavigan reports that “indoor air is typically 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor and we spend about 90% of our time indoors.”
So, since we spend so much time indoors, shouldn’t we all be taking greater measures to reduce the amount of pollutants that are in the air we breathe? Of course, we should. But, the truth is, we often don’t even know that many of our everyday actions are worsening our indoor air quality. Strangely, many things that we do to improve the quality of air in our homes are actually doing the opposite!
Here are three surprising ways to remove air pollutants from your home:
1. Stop using air purifiers. It sounds strange, doesn’t it? Don’t air purifiers do exactly what their name implies? Don’t they purify the air? In many cases, air purifiers emit ozone. And as Anabelle Bernard Fournier points out on BuildDirect.com, “ozone is the chief component of smog and something governments are doing their darnedest to reduce outside.” So why would air purifier manufacturers add ozone to its products?
“Air purifier companies claim that ozone helps bind smaller pollutants, making them easier to pick up by the filter,” reveals Fournier, “Others say that ozone kills bacteria and mould spores in the air. But adding ozone to the air might harm more than it helps. Ozone can cause asthma flare-ups and coughing fits. It can scar your lung tissue and basically reduce your cardiovascular health for life.”
2. Stop using air fresheners. Air fresheners come in all sorts of fragrances and scents. And we often associated these smells with freshness and cleanliness. In yet another ironic twist, these products add pollutants to the air than can negatively affect our breathing. “Air fresheners emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) continuously, such as nitrogen dioxide. Some contain paradicholorbenzene, a toxin commonly found in mothballs,” reports Dr. Josh Axe on his website.
Dr. Axe goes on to note that VOCs can also be found in a number of other everyday household items including much of our furniture and carpets. “VOC’s are the volatile organic chemicals that are found in carpets and the glue that hold them in place,” Dr. Axe explains, “VOC’s exist in levels 2 to 5 times higher indoors than out. Volatile organic compounds are linked to cancer and heart and lung disease.”
3. Paint responsibly. Considering the previously-made point, it would be wise to begin questioning anything in your home that gives off a distinct smell – even if it’s a pleasant one. Fournier notes that a lot of paint – you can always smell a fresh coat of paint, can’t you? – also contains volatile organic compounds. She advises that you locate paint companies that offer low or no-VOC paints to reduce health hazards.
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we know that indoor air quality can have serious implications on your overall health. The air we breathe in our homes can cause long term negative health and wellness issues if it is not kept as pure as possible. We offer Air Quality Services to help with this issue. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.