Yes, indoor air pollution exists—here's how you can minimize it

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED April 2, 2018 12:46 pm | UPDATED April 2, 2018 01:28 pm
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(Inside Manila) Air pollution does not only exist outside or on car-heavy areas. Unfortunately, it can also be found at home, in well-ventilated places and indoor spaces.


This situation is called indoor air pollution, where the air quality within establishments and buildings can put the occupants or people inside at risk of health concerns and take away their comfort. Health effects of indoor air pollution may or may not be experienced immediately but can take effect later.


Don't worry, indoor air pollutants can be blocked off less tediously than air pollutants outside by following these simple tips:


Add more plants


Putting a pot of flora inside homes or establishments does not only brighten it up and decorate it but a little bit of greenery can also be a source of fresh air. This move emphasizes the grade-school lesson everyone knows but probably takes for granted: plants emit oxygen in exchange for carbon dioxide around.


Don't smoke indoors


Strictly implement no smoking should be allowed inside homes and that lighting up a cigarette should be done outside and in smoking areas. Smoking and second-hand smoke are two of the biggest indoor air pollutants


Fix leakages


When dealing with inside air pollution, the common problems around the home or in indoor spaces are the big contributors of indoor air pollutants. For example, water leakages. When ignored this can encourage the growth of fungus, mold, and mildew which in turn can worsen the air for those who have asthma, wheezing, coughing and sinusitis.


Check your appliances


Home appliances like a refrigerator or an oven can emit harmful substances if left unmaintained. Make sure to schedule cleaning and a have a professional check these appliances in between


Dust regularly


Every corner, nook, and corner of homes can acquire dust and dirt over time, which in turn can be irritants, a kind of indoor air pollutant.  To avoid this, make sure to regularly your home from the shortest appliances to the tallest furniture sets where dust usually form.


Minimize the use of pesticides


Pesticides may keep the home sturdy and safe from pests but it also contains harmful gases that pollute the air indoors. Another way to minimize it is through limiting its use or switching to earth-friendly products instead.


Open the windows


Surprisingly, the air inside can be more harmful (as it is concentrated) compared to the one outside. So, it's best to keep the windows open for at least 5-10 minutes daily to let the sunlight and air come in.

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