5 Ways to Get Rid Of Indoor Air Pollution On A Budget
When most of us think about pollution, we think about smoke and smog outside – but in reality, indoor pollution can be much worse. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has said that air inside homes can be up to five times more polluted than outside air. This is a problem as most Australians spend around 90% of their time inside, which means that they could be exposing themselves to dangerous toxins on a daily basis.
If you want to get rid of the indoor air pollution in your home without spending lots of money, don’t worry. Here is everything you need to know about indoor air pollution and how to get rid of it in an energy efficient way.
Indoor air pollution
There are lots of different things that cause indoor air pollution. The most obvious type of pollution is smoke, but other causes include: carpets and floors that contain toxins, furniture that contains flame retardants and toxins, cleaning products, candles, air fresheners, beauty products, animals, dust and moisture that can lead to mould.
This makes it nearly impossible to get rid of all of the causes of indoor pollution, and over time this can cause a range of health issues. Some of the main dangers of indoor pollution include headaches, lethargy, general tiredness and a cough, but more severe problems include asthma and allergies.
Energy efficient ways to get rid of indoor pollution
If you want your home to be a healthier, safer place you should make an effort to reduce the indoor pollution. This can be an expensive task if you choose to install pricey air circulators, but thankfully it can be energy efficient rather than expensive.
But what exactly is energy efficiency? Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to get the same results. This is better for both the environment and you bank balance, and there lots of energy efficient ways to get rid of indoor pollution.
5 of the most energy efficient options include:
- Leaving the windows open when you are at home to let the air circulate. You can also move any furniture that is blocking windows or vents, as this will stop air from circulating as well.
- Keeping indoor plants to not only help absorb and degrade air pollutants, but also release oxygen into the air.
- Cleaning the floors regularly with non-toxic products to help reduce toxins that are released from the carpet, wood or laminate.
- Using ceiling fans to help the air circulate.
- Cleaning your vents and air conditioner to remove any dangerous mould, and replace any old cleaning filters.
Indoor air pollution is a major, and often, an unnoticed problem. However, implementing these few simple and energy-efficient methods can help you reduce air pollution in your home without spending lots of money.
Author: Jackie Edwards
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