Indoor air pollution: Good practices to enjoy cleaner and healthier air
According to a study by the Observatory of indoor air quality (OQAI), the household air is polluted by multiple sources (household products, paint, insecticides, combustion residues, molds…) and by different harmful and carcinogenic substances (carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, VOC, nitrogen dioxide, etc.). However, on average, people spend more than 80% of their time in a closed environment, where indoor air is up to 8 times more polluted than outside! In addition, modern buildings are increasingly constructed to be airtight and they are therefore more exposed to this indoor pollution. Thus, air quality remains a priority issue for the health of occupants because all these pollutants can be sources of headaches, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness,allergies, asthma, or may lead to more serious illnesses.
How can I improve indoor air quality?
1. Identify the sources of pollution.
Acting at source remains the best solution. But first you have to find out where this pollution comes from. You have trouble breathing or you suffer from asthma? Too damp or dry air is not recommended. You have repeated headaches? Carbon monoxide may be the cause. Even a few particles of CO spell trouble.
Some indoor air quality monitors contribute to efficiently control the level of pollution in your home. For example, the range of wireless sensors from NEXELEC continuously analyse and compare the measures of temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide, fine particles or carbon dioxide. Based on IZIAIR embedded algorithm, these sensors calculate an indoor air quality index to help you take the appropriate actions. You are warned in real time of any health hazards.
2. Act on the sources of pollution.
Healthy air in your home requires constant temperature and humidity that are suitable for the inhabitants. INSAFE+ Pilot temperature and humidity sensor continuously monitor the humidity and temperature to the nearest tenth of a degree. It includes IZIAIR algorithm that analyzes Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). This feature enables the occupants to interpret and improve Indoor Air Quality thanks to specific advice. Thus, optimal and customized ambient conditions can be reached in terms of temperature and humidity.
Also, it is vital to regularly renew the indoor air in order to reduce the concentration of existing pollutants in your house. To do so, you have to air the room regularly and to have an effective ventilation (e.g. a mechanically controlled ventilation system). INSAFE+ Carbon
CO2 sensor is designed to improve indoor air quality. The use of such a device enables to check very easily and quickly the quality of air renewal and encourages you to ventilate the rooms if necessary.
Last but not least, think about healthy habits: smoke outside; opt for natural household products; clean and hoover the house frequently, freshen the air with real plants, not incense or artificial fragrances.
Preventative measures remain the most efficient and cost effective way to preserve the air quality in your home !
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