Three Basic strategy
US EPA recommends three basic strategy for controlling the air pollution at our homes.
01. Source Control
The most effective way to improve the indoor air quality is finding the source of air pollution and eliminating the source or reducing the emission. This method is the most effective solution in controlling the air pollution at our homes.
02. Ventilation Improvement
Ventilation! Yes! you heard me. Open your windows and doors and increase the outdoor air coming to your home when the outdoor environment lets you . Bathroom and kitchen fans remove the odor and contaminants in that particular room and also increases the outdoor ventilation. So install them and use them. If your outdoor air quality is poor due to vehicle exhaust, ventilation cannot be effective unless it's accompanied by filtration and air cleaning.
03. Air Cleaners
There are many types of air-cleaners available in the market ranging from the table-top to whole-house systems. Table-top air cleaners are highly effective in reducing the particle in the air whereas can not effectively remove pollutants from strong nearby sources. A study conducted by NASA in 1989 suggest that indoor plants are helpful in removing the organic chemicals from our homes. The plant removes indoor air pollution either directly through their leaves or indirectly through the root/soil pathway.
Air pollutants in our homes
Radon(Rn), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Organic Gases, Formaldehyde, Pesticides, Asbestos, Lead (Pb), Benzene (C6H6), Trichloroethylene (C2HCl3) are the major pollutants that can be found in our homes.
We'll discuss the sources of the chemicals, their health effects and their acceptable levels in our home and how to safeguard your family from this pollution in our next post.