Many city buildings are designed in such a manner that the quality of indoor air is poor in most of the rooms. This is a case in both developing and developed countries. Bad indoor air quality can be hazardous to the health of the inmates. It may cause respiratory problems, affect blood circulation and cause intake of high level of CO2. Following are some inexpensive tips to improve the air quality indoors.
Switch on the hood fans when cooking
It is important to switch on the hood fans when you are cooking. This helps in the expelling the fumes created. Cooking causes fumes, which contain chemicals such as carbon monoxide. It is important to have an outlet to remove these chemicals and gases. Care should be taken that the other end opens outside the house. This should be implemented especially if you are using gas stove to cook.
Switch on the exhaust fan when you are having a hot water bath
Hot water bath creates a lot of steam inside the bathroom. This results in increasing levels of moisture. Hence, it is important to switch on the bathroom exhaust fan, in order to have the outside fresh air from come in and move out the hot and humid inside air. If there is no outlet to install an exhaust fan, then you can always use a wall mounted small fan or a portable fan. You also need to take care to open the shower curtain or the sliding door to ensure air circulation.
Regularly cleaning the house
Cleaning your house regularly is of utmost priority. Do not let dust, dirt or pet hair to settle down on the furniture or floor. Dust and dirt attracts diseases especially respiratory ones. Moreover, if furniture, beds and floors are not cleaned, they might cause skin irritation.
Installing furniture or materials that do not emit chemicals
Low emitting furniture or materials are installed nowadays in most newly built houses. One must always try to find furniture or the other interior materials that are certified with low chemical emissions. Care should be taken while using paints and adhesives too. Low quality paint applied on the wall can also cause emission of chemicals and hazardous elements.
Using organic cleaning products
Our everyday cleaning products also contain chemicals that can be toxic. Hence, using these highly chemical laden products can be harmful to health. Using organic products can be a beneficial alternative.