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Tips to control indoor air pollution and improve indoor air quality

The pollution level in India is in ever increasing rate and in ever increasing complexity. This ever increasing rate of pollution has caused severe damage to our ecosystems as can be seen from the rising global warming. Also, the pollution enhances human diseases and the death rates of various animals and plants leading to an imbalance in their population. The increasing numbers of industries and increasing amount of fossil fuel consumption leads the forced the pollution level to cross the boundary. Air pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of pollution which is affecting human health and also our ecological system. Air pollution can be classified into two types- Indore and outdoor air pollution. Well most of us are aware of the outdoor air pollution and how it can impact our health us. But most of us haven’t realized about the impact of indoor air pollution. Since most of the people spend 80-90% of their time in indoor hence maintaining a good indoor air quality is a matter of concerns. So, here are a few tips to improve your indoor air quality or to stay away from indoor air pollution.

  1. Use houseplants which can improve air quality.

There are some plants which can filter out certain harmful compounds in the air and make it much healthier to breathe. Here are the names of 10 houseplants which are approved by NASA that improve air quality- Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, spider plant, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Heart Leaf Philodendron, Eucalyptus, African Violets, Chinese Evergreen, Chrysanthemums etc.

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  1. Make it no smoking zone.

Research shows that cigarette smoke contains 4000 chemicals which include some extremely dangerous chemical. It leads to the respiratory problems, Asthma, cancer, sudden infant death syndromes etc. so make your home or office a no smoking zone.

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  1. Control dust and keep everything clean

Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. Use an efficient vacuum cleaner to remove dust. Make sure that everybody will remove their shoes at the door to minimize outdoor dust and other contaminants.

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  1. Maintain a healthy level of humidity and moisture content.

Keep homes dry since dust mints and mold is attracted toward moisture. Control relative humidity levels to less than 60 percent, using dehumidifiers if necessary. Avoiding overwater of house plants, using an exhaust fan during cooking etc can dehumidify your house or office.

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  1. Ensure proper ventilation and smells good naturally.

Ensure proper ventilation system and try to get a good smell naturally by using some natural plants or flower. Try to avoid artificial room freshener, deodorant etc. (you can use good quality products but do check the amount of petroleum product in it).

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