8 ways to air quality of your home
How to improve the air quality of your home
What can you do to keep your family safe from air pollution
Most of us know that outdoor air pollution in India is way beyond guidelines. But, do we know that indoor air is generally 10-30x more polluted than outdoor air. This is a fact reported by WHO. I was quite taken aback to read this.
There is a rise in cases of Asthma and Bronchitis during festive season. Even if you do not contribute to rising pollution levels, you cannot escape the air pollution our collective festivities cause around this time.
As we know a lot of Indian cities are reeling under alarming levels of air-pollution and are frequently among the most polluted cities in the world.
In winters, indoor air quality can be hazardous and can trigger allergies, asthma attacks as well as bronchial issues. I am myself a longtime sufferer of bronchitis, so I know how treacherous this season can be. Along with irritants like dust, mites and pollens, it can be a night mare for kids and adults alike.
There are some measures that you and I can take to improve the air quality of our homes.
- Vacuum carpets, sofas and upholstered furniture frequently – Carpets, fur and upholstery collect dust and can worsen the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. To fight these, vacuum often and avoid heavy carpets and upholstery as much as possible
- Use aerosol free personal care products – Aerosol based personal care products like deodorants, perfumes, body sprays and hair sprays leave aerosol residue which lay suspended in the air around you. Hence, by not using the aerosol- based products, you are taking a step towards a better indoor air quality of your home
- Keep shoes outside home – This age-old practice that a lot of Indian homes follow has a lot of weight to it. When you travel outside, your shoes collect all kinds of dirt, chemicals, germs and mold. When you walk inside with same shoes, you are transferring those pollutants to your home’s carpet and floor
- Avoid smoking indoors as it is harmful for not just your health but also the health of your family members
- Choose an air purifier that is patented with Duotron technology that actively reduces the growth of viruses and bacteria in the air, outside of the air purifier. Eureka Forbes has recently launched Aeroguard 4s which has been made keeping Indian conditions and pollution in mind. It is a smart technology air purifier, which is a combination of Swiss Design, Smart Sensors and Simplified Controls & maintenance that provides pure and healthy air indoors’
6. Do good maintenance of you indoor air purifiers
- Regularly clean and change air filters. If you can, switch to air purifiers with Swiss HEPATM filters like Aeroguard 4s that are highly efficient and capable of removing up to 99.97% of micro particles, such as fine dust particles including PM2.5, pollen and mold spores
- They can also suck up smoke by incense sticks and eliminate the odors from the air, so choose an air purifier with intelligent sensors and super suction powers
- Air purifiers can greatly help by removing pollens and allergens from air. If you have young children and senior citizens at home who are more prone to asthmatic and bronchial attacks, choose a good air purifier to help them.
7. Avoid getting dehydrated by drinking plenty of water, since indoor air can often get very dry
8. Lastly, keep yourself fit with regular exercise as there is no substitute to that
We hope these tips will you in improving the air quality of your home and in having a healthier winter.
Can you think of other ways in which we can improve the indoor air quality of our homes? We would love to hear from you.