When we think about air pollution, generally we imagine and think about the smokes and dusts from factories and vehicle as well as industrial wastes released into the air.
But are these the only source of air pollution ? Is your home or office air fresh or safe enough while there is much pollution outside ?
Well, indoor air pollution can also be as hazardous as outdoor air pollution to human health if not taken care of.
So, What can pollute the air in our home? What is Indoor Air Pollution ?
- Moisture – Excess moisture creates an ideal breeding ground for different bacteria and molds.
- Old Heating / Cooling Systems – Old and out of maintenance HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems might be responsible to promote indoor air pollution rather than reducing.
- Household cleaning and Maintenance Products
- Carbon Monoxide Emissions – Gas Water Heaters, Leaking Chimneys and Furnaces, Gas Stoves, Wood Stoves, Generators and similar gasoline powered equipment, Tobacco Smokes
- Pesticides, Radon
- Airborne Allergens – Have you been experiencing continuous coughing, sneezing and wheezing as well while in your home or office ? Dust, Pet dander, and Pet fur can be pretty bad allergens contributing to indoor air pollution.
Either Indoor or Outdoor Air Pollution, on core these are the major pollutants:
- Carbon monoxide
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Sulfur Dioxide
If this has began to worry you, don’t worry and hold on. You can improve your Indoor Air Quality by doing this:
Regularly maintained HVAC systems
Even today people think that Air Conditioners and other HVAC are just a way to cool or heat their home / office only. But that’s not it is only meant to do. Air Conditioner consists of layers of different types of filter. With Tesla Air Conditioner, there are 6 layers of filters for air filtration :
- Sliver Ion Filter (Kills Bacteria),
- Active Carbon (Traps small dust particles, smokes as well as pet fur to preventallergic reaction),
- Vitamin C Filter (Softens skin & Reduces stress),
- Bio Filter (Neutralizes fungi, microbes & bacteria),
- Plasma Dust Filter (Dust, Smoke & Pollen Particles collection from the air in its electrostatic filter),
- Ionizer (Improves blood circulation, lung functions, prevents respiratory passage illness).
More on the benefits of the air conditioner here.
However, to avoid excessive repairs or an replacement of air conditioning and/or heating unit too soon, always keep up with routine maintenance and inspections. For eg: There might be dusts collected in ducts and filters which also needs cleanup regularly to keep air conditioning system in tiptop condition.
Routine Cleanup of HVAC systems
HVAC systems can get dirty very quickly if not performed regularly. When Air Conditioners and other HVAC system runs for a long time, dusts, dirt and molds gets accumulated. It is best to change your AC filters every 30 days if you have allergies, asthma,and keeping pets in your home. However, if you don’t have such vulnerability towards the allergies , then 90 days is ideal time to change the filters. Doing this not only insures your good health but also extends the life of the HVAC unit.
Well Ventilated Space
Sometimes its hard to make the HVAC systems fully efficient and work on its full potential. And most of the times, the problem is lack of air flow due to substandard ventilation. This allows to buildup unnecessary debris, dust and moisture in HVAC unit causing indoor air pollution.
Moisture is often time associated with the proper ventilation. In humid and rainy places, there is high indoor air pollution as the moisture makes ideal environment for mold, odors and respiratory issues. So, it is very important to maintain moisture levels inside house / offices.
Usage of Natural Cleaners
The cleaners we use most of the time cleaning our homes contains chemicals and toxins which can promote indoor air pollution , being harmful for human health. To deal with this, most of the grocery stores provides Green Cleaning Supplies (Nature friendly cleaning products and methods).
Along with the HVAC systems, the most natural way to deal with the indoor air pollution are Indoor Household Plants. These plants helps in circulation of fresh oxygen and even some can filter the air. Plants such as Peace lily, Aloe Vera, Ficus, Gerbera Daisy, etc., helps in circulation of fresh oxygen as well as filter air removing the chemicals such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, alcohol, benzene, smog & carcinogens from the air.