How Windows Can Help You Stay Healthy
We all know about the dangers of outdoor pollution. Fuel from gas guzzling cars and huge factories are taking an immense toll on our environment. Climate change is at the forefront of political debate and not only is the planet suffering but populations around the world are also. Did you know that 9 out of 10 people around the world breathe polluted air?
Outdoor pollution is an existential threat to humanity. But what about indoor pollution? Studies have shown that indoor pollution is just as dangerous to our health, especially if you are a young child or a vulnerable older person.
Our homes are where we raise our families and create memories. It’s hard to think that we could be secretly harbouring dangerous pollutants that could harm us. Ironically, some outdoor air pollution can work its way into our home via windows and doors making it more concentrated and dangerous.
People with breathing difficulties or young children with weak immune systems will be most affected by a change in the air quality. Air is what we breathe in everyday so it is vitally important that it is clean. The scary part about all this is that we spend most of our time inside our homes. We spend hours sleeping, eating and generally just existing in our houses so it is important that we take the necessary steps to keep our indoor air as clean and pollutant free as possible.
- Firstly, if you are a smoker do not light up a cigarette indoors. Acrid chemicals from tobacco and other carcinogens will cling to your walls and surface and create a toxic build up.
- Installing air vents or ‘trickle vents’ is a good way to keep the air flow clean and consistent throughout your home. They can be fitted on all window types and expel unclean air from your home. These are great if you are on holiday as they will still be purifying your home. They are safe and very cost effective.
- Open your windows. Whenever you are cooking, having a bath/shower, or even lighting candles you should open a few windows to purify the air in your home. Having an extractor fan on your oven is also a good idea.
- Opening your windows is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your home nice and refreshed. However, if you live near a busy road where there is lots of traffic or close to an airport etc this may not be a viable solution. Toxic pollution can make its way into your home so instead think about installing a high powered air purifier that will filter out any harmful chemicals.
Inhaling polluted air can contribute to many debilitating illnesses and take years off our lives. We can start by purifying our homes so that we and our loved ones can live happy and healthy lives.