Do you know what is in your Air and how it affects you and your health?
Our indoor air can quickly become stale and polluted in places where we spend most of our time.
An average person while resting breathes 11’000 litres of air per day, meaning we inhale a substantial amount of air every day. It is estimated that we averagely spend 90% of our time Indoors, and the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels. Even though you can’t see it, the air you are breathing may be doing untold damages to your health and well-being.
What Effects indoor Air Quality?
- Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide.
- Particular Matter such as dust, fly ash, soot, Tabacco smoke, aerosols, fumes, mists and condensed vapors.
- Mold and fungi.
- Household cleaning products and pesticides – TVOC’s / PM.
- Bad ventilation.
- Moisture and temperature.
- Air pressure.
Symptoms caused by bad air quality include
- Sinus congestion,
- Sneezing and coughing,
- Shortness of breath,
- Allergies and hypersensitivity,
- Nose, eyes, skin, and throat dryness and irritation.
How to prevent bad air quality in the home
- Monitor your indoor air
- Add plants to your home.
- Ventilate your home.
- Avoid cleaning products that have harsh chemical compounds.
- Think before you buy when it comes to the furniture and building materials you are putting in your home.
- Beeswax candles, Air purifiers and salt lamps are a great way to clean the air in your home.
Ventilation, Mold & Air Quality!
Good ventilation plays a crucial role in the pollution levels and the air quality in a room. So, what happens when the air quality is poor due to bad ventilation? Basically, good ventilation brings in clean air and keeps that air moving, discouraging viruses and allergens from spreading. Poorly ventilated rooms have the opposite effect contributing to condensation, dampness and mold growth. Mold produce’s microscopic cells called spores which are very small and spread easily through the air, so if you have mold in your home it’s also in the air you are breathing. Daily exposure to these spores can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. If you have an underlying illness like asthma or emphysema mold can make you quite unwell.
Radon in the Home!
What is Radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes and offices all over Ireland. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe.
Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Long-term exposure to radon has shown to have negative effects on your health.
My Eco Hub have many natural solutions to replenish clean air and filter out toxins, dust, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. A simple house plant, Beezwax candle or chemical free cleaning agents can increased your air quality and greatly benefit your health and comfort. Simple changes like opting for a natural paraben free candle or using a natural chemical free cleaning agents can go along way in preventing unhealthy air quality indoors.
Did you know some candles can contribute to an indoor air pollution problem by emitting particulate matter into the air. The emissions from paraffin candles contain many of the same toxins produced by burning diesel fuel.
The Snake plant Sansevieria trifasciata is often referred to as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, this evergreen perennial plant is another houseplant that is known to improve your indoor air quality. According to NASA, it is one of the best houseplants for absorbing airborne toxins, including formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethylene.