The hidden side of the “sweet home”

The hidden side of the “sweet home”

It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true. Indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than the air we breathe outside!

According to the World Health Organization, indoor air is up to 100 times more polluted than outside air. This fact greatly contributes to people developing certain respiratory allergies given that according to statistics, we spend 90% of our time indoors, especially inside our homes!

Every day, the air in the internal spaces of the homes is contaminated, starting with its own inhabitants, from breathing to activities such as cooking, bathing, smoking …

So what enemies live in our homes?

Most of the pollutants released in the air come from mites, bacteria, fungi and pets.

Many chemical pollutants and particles also come from the house itself as well as from your furniture, carpets, paint, detergents, printers, fax machine and even charcoal burners (fireplaces and certain stoves).

Also, people often operate conditioners that do not bring air renewal or ventilate the environment, leading to a high concentration of pollutants in the residence. Unforunately, polluted air remains stagnant indoors unless
there is an effort to filter it out.

All this can generate an unhealthy and addictive air that accumulates mites, viruses, bacteria, as well as moisture and harmful chemicals like CO2.

Excess moisture is the cause of bad odors, condensation and mold formation. And ventilation that is provided properly and on a regular basis, which is important to do, does not always solve the issue in its entirety.

Pollutants can constantly make their way into our home if windows are opened, especially during times of peak releases of fungal spores, pollen grains, or even hours of intense traffic.

Concentration versus susceptibility

Indoor air quality has become a subject of increasing study due to the changes in architecture and behavior that began in the 20th century.

Fungi and bacteria are important biological contaminants present in the internal spaces, which result not only in infectious but also inflammatory and toxic reactions.

The concentration of these pollutants, as well as the susceptibility of individuals, will determine the intensity of the effect generated. But in a generic way we can suffer, at home, from the same evils associated with the Syndrome of Sick Buildings, without being aware of it.

And an inadequate indoor environment can cause respiratory problems, dry throat, eye irritation, headache, allergies, concentration disorders, lack of energy, drowsiness and more…

11 tips to improve the air quality in your home:

  • When cleaning the house never use brooms or mops so as to prevent dust from being thrown into the air.
  • Do not make the bed as soon as you get up! Let it air out for a while to dissipate moisture, which helps prevent dust mites.
  • Washing the bedding at a temperature of 60º also helps to eliminate mites.
  • Repair leaks and infiltrations within a maximum of 48 hours to avoid mold installation.
  • Mainly ventilate kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.
  • Avoid accumulating waste indoors can reduce up to 7 times the amount of bacteria in the home!
  • Taking off shoes at the entrance to the house also reduces the amount of bacteria in the homemade dust.
  • To reduce mold and dust mite vacuum pack parts that will be used only in winter.
  • Clean mold stains with hydrogen peroxide solutions.
  • Perform periodic maintenance of air conditioning, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
  • Put an air purifier, at least in the bedrooms.
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