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Why You Need to Improve the Air Quality of Your Home

Last updated Oct. 26, 2018

When we discuss air pollution, most people think only about big manufacturing plants releasing fumes into the atmosphere.

Some also picture heavy exhaust fumes from faulty vehicles that are moving in the highways.

While these constitute a good measure of what air pollution represents, they are actually not the only things we should be worried about.

For the sake of your health, you may have to have a rethink about what air pollution truly represents for you.

At this point, you may be wondering where this post is heading to. We want to talk about air pollution in indoor spaces and how they come about.

While the outdoor air can be terribly polluted in some areas, indoor air are not always as safe as many assume they are.

In many instances, the air inside your house will be worse than the air outside. This may come as a surprise to you but it is the reality, nevertheless.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has stated that air pollution can be up to 5 times worse indoors than outdoors.

The implication of this is that if you feel you are escaping air pollution by staying indoors more often, you may actually be exposing yourself to more pollutants if you do not take some measures to improve your indoor air quality.

A good knowledge of the source of the air pollutants in your room will help you and that is the reason for this article.

The objective is to let you understand possible causes of indoor air pollution so that you will know how to prevent your indoor air from deteriorating. So here, we will consider various reasons why the air in your room may need TLC.


1. Recently Painted Walls

Paints are made of chemicals. You can feel it from the strong smell when you open some of them. You may even get a headache or become dizzy after inhaling the air released when you open some paints.

There are some that smell a little nice, that does not mean that they are safe, however. When you paint your room, they release some of the chemicals they contain.

This is why it is a normal practice to open doors and windows when new paints are applied.

It may also be advisable to stay away from a newly painted room for sometimes. It will also be important to look for paints that have zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).

2. Recently Installed Flooring/Carpet or Furniture 

There are some little home improvement projects you may make that will contribute to the sources of pollutants in your room.

Your room may need TLC when you have recently installed new flooring or carpet. The glues used during the installation may contain some chemicals that may be released into your room to cause pollution.

In the case of furniture, some of them are finished with some varnishes that can actually release some chemicals inside your living area.

It is important that you check with your supplier and know about chemicals contained in any product before it is installed or used for installation in your home.


3. You Live on a Busy Road

We have already mentioned earlier in this article that car exhaust contributes meaningfully to air pollution. If you live in an area where there is always serious car traffic, your indoor air will definitely need TLC.

Your major worry will not be the car fumes alone. The other major sources of air pollution in busy roads like petrol fumes and dusts will also find their way into your room.

You may try to curtail the problem by locking your doors and windows always but poor ventilation is also not good for your room.

4. The Chemical Products in the House

The new cleaning product you just used may be very nice and sweet-smelling but that does not eliminate the fact that it can actually release some unfriendly chemicals in your indoor area.

While most of the harmful chemicals are released when you open and use the products, some products may even release the chemicals when they are kept in the home unopened.

There are regulations regarding cleaning products but there are still lots of them in the market that can cause troubles.

Make sure you know the content of whatever product you buy for use in your home. You can make your own cleaning products, if you can, or buy certified eco-friendly products.


5. Indoor Smokers in the Home

If you smoke, we assume that you know the health implications already. Another important thing you need to know is that second-hand smoke can greatly undermine the quality of your indoor air.

The best thing you can do for yourself and those that stay in the same house with you is to adopt a no-smoking-indoors policy.

Even if you don’t smoke, make sure that anyone that smokes in your household abide by this policy. Second-hand smoke in your living area can be very hazardous.

6. You Live in an Old House

If you live in an old house, there are some real reasons to worry about your indoor air quality. Firstly, some of the materials used in the construction of most old buildings release VOCs.

Most old buildings are also prone to moisture and this can encourage mould growth that will cause health issues for you and your households.

Another issue with old buildings is that they are often not properly sealed and this can be a major issue as pollutants and allergens will easily gain entrance and cause problems.


7. You Use Candles/Potpourri

There are a number of possible reasons you may love candles and potpourri products. It is important that you know that this products can be the major reasons your indoor air will need TLC.

Most of the candles that are produced commercially contain some artificial ingredients like limonene that can change to formaldehyde when exposed to air.

It is important that you minimize how you use candles/potpourri. You also need to pay attention to the ingredients of candles and fragranced products.

There are many plants that will not only make your home smell beautiful but will also help in purifying the indoor air quality of your home.

The quality of air in your room will play a significant role in your overall health. Keeping it in a great condition will be beneficial to you and the members of your household.

We have considered reasons why the air in your room may need TLC as well as ways to minimize air pollution in your room.  

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.