Indoor Air Pollution your home What you need to know

Indoor air pollution sources and Solutions 

what is indoor air pollution


Health effects of air pollution

Types of indoor air pollution

Causes of indoor air pollution

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Stay Home, Stay Safe.

Today, everyone is advised to stay inside their homes if they want to be protected from the virus. But have you ever thought about the viruses inside your home? " Indoor air pollution" I'm talking about the pollution inside our homes. Whenever we talk about air pollution, we refer to the pollution outside in the city.  But do you know that there are multiple sources of air pollution inside your home?

Which are adversely affecting your health and immunity. I think this will be an apt time to talk about indoor air pollution. 

What are the different sources of indoor air pollution?

And how can you protect your health from Indoor Air Pollution and fight against them?

How bad is Indoor Air Pollution?

A US-based report of 2019 has stated that more than 6 Lakh Indians died because of indoor air pollution. The diseases from this type of pollution are respiratory. Pulmonary diseases. Like Stroke, lung cancer, asthma, those diseases which are often caused by outdoor air pollution. But the good news is that, though you can't control the outdoor pollution.

WHAT IS INDOOR AIR POLLUTION:-

Indoor Air Pollution is the term used to describe the amount of contaminants in the air inside a building from sources such as cigarette smoking, fuel combustion for heating or cooking, certain wallboards, carpets, or insulation as well as the geology of the area (radon in soil or rocks beneath the structure).

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How we can control air pollution?
How can we control indoor air pollution?

1. Not use wood, charcoal, and cow dung as fuel

2. Not Heat Non-Stick pan more than 300 °C

3. Use Latest Filter that is HEPA filter

4.  Use such personal care products which do not have any synthetic fragrances.-

5. Allow some chemicals to dry while painting the wall

6. Less Use:-Mosquito coils, candles, and incense sticks 


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You can control the pollution inside your homes to quite an extent in simple and easy steps. Come, let's get to know the resources and how to control them.

1. Not use wood, charcoal, and cow dung as fuel:-

You might not have to worry about the first and largest source perhaps because most of you live in cities where LPG cylinders are used. But in India, around 60% of the people, especially those living in rural areas, often use wood, charcoal, and cow dung as fuel for cooking even today. The cooking fuels cause incomplete combustion which releases PM2.5. Which is very harmful to the lungs.

Thankfully, for the last few years, through the Ujjwala scheme, the use of LPG cylinders has across the country. And the indoor pollution from this source has been reduced. If you know someone who still uses these cooking fuels, please advise them against it. 

2. Not Heat Non-Stick pan more than 300 °C:-

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The second source is something that can be easily found in the kitchens of the people living in cities, that is a non-stick pan with Teflon coating. Generally speaking, Teflon is safe. But when it is heated for more than 300 °C, the Teflon compound breaks down and harmful chemicals and gases are released. 

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It is not very difficult to avoid this. if you have a Teflon pan, do not pre-heat it when it's empty. Do not use it over extremely high heat. You can get its alternative, the ceramic pans which are not made of Teflon. 


3. Use Latest Filter that is HEPA filter

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The third source of Indoor air pollution is your vacuum cleaner. who would've thought? The machines that you use to clean your house are the ones who make it dirtier. Many vacuum cleaners, especially the old ones, suck in the dirt, dust, and bacteria from the floor, and throw it back into the air. This was discovered by Australian researchers in 2012. That some vacuums instead of making things cleaner, spread more dirt. The same logic is applicable for brooms as well. The dust in the ground into the air by the brooms. which might then go into the respiratory system of the people. 

Friends, the simple solution to avoid this is to use the latest Vacuum Cleaners, Which has High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters. The HEPA filters. When you buy a vacuum cleaner check wheater is has the HEPA filter or not. These filters apparently capture 99.9% of dirt, dust, and bacteria. 


4. Use such personal care products which do not have any synthetic fragrances LINK - WOW Products.-

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The fourth source is the chemicals present in your personal care products. The air fresheners, perfumes, baby lotions, and artificially scented candles which have synthetic fragrances in them. Synthetic fragrances are very harmful. These are petrochemicals in them. Benzene derivatives and Aldehydes which can cause cancer, birth defects and nervous disorders. 

The solution is very simple Use such personal care products which do not have any synthetic fragrances. An excellent example of this is the Onion Hair range products of WOW  Skin science. they are very eco-friendly. Not only do they not have any synthetic fragrances but they are also free of parabens, silicons, and mineral oils. or other harmful things that may affect your skin. Their Black Seed hair oil is made of 99% natural ingredients. The Onion Shampoo contains 92%  and the Onion conditioners contain 97% natural ingredients, Other than these, there are other products which are vey nice to use. I have used them personally.


5. Wall Paint 

The Paint that goes on the walls. You heard it right. Often, when the paint is wet. Many paints have VOCs which are very harmful to you. They may cause respiratory problems, headaches, nausea and your central nervous system may also be affected. 

Again, the Solution is very simple:- Use those paint companies which do not have VOCs. or have minimal VOCs. Today, you will find many paint companies that sell VOC-free paints. Second, Solution when you get your walls painted, ensure that the windows remain open until the paint dries. And keep the paint cans tightly closed to prevent chemicals from leaking. 

The Next source of Indoor Air Pollution is something very common. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to avoid it. 


6. Mosquito coils, candles and Incense sticks:-

You heard it right, friends. The things which are heavily used in our day-to-day lives. Especially, the candles and incense sticks. You would've read about combustion in school, friends. There are 5 main types of combustion. Let's focus on the first two. 

1-Incomplete Combustion 

2-Complete Combustion

In incomplete combustion, the combustion process is not fully completed. It means that unburnt soot particles are released. Combustion where the frame is of yellow color. Like that in candles and incense sticks. 

And the blue frame is of complete combustion which is purer. Unburnt soot particles are not released. And fewer harmful gases are released. The logic is simple, friends. Whenever there is incomplete combustion, harmful gases will be released. which are very harmful to your health. Not only candles and incense sticks but also hookahs, cigarettes, and whenever you find incomplete combustion.

Obviously, in cigarettes and hookahs, there are many other harmful chemicals as well, which are even more harmful to your health. Friends, cigarettes smoke not only affects the health of the person smoking but if smoked indoors, the health of all the people in that house is also affected. Because the smoke from the cigarette spreads all over the house. It's called Second-Hand Smoking. You might have already heard about this. But, friends, did you know that after Second-Hand smoking there's also something called Third-Hand smoking. When the ash residue from smoking falls on the furniture it can stay for many days and release harmful gases. This third-hand smoking is as harmful as second-hand smoking according to several pieces of research. 

I talked about mosquito coils as well. They also release particulate matter, The solution here is that these things: mosquito coils, candles, and incense sticks, avoid using them as much as you can. And when you have to use them, open the windows, Ensure proper ventilation. So that the air keeps moving and the smoke from them can go out of the house. 

While talking about ventilation always remember one thing, friends, ventilation is a very important weapon not only against indoor air pollution but also to fight against coronavirus. Several research papers have said that if you keep your house well ventilated, keep the windows and doors open regularly so that the air can pass through, it reduces the spread of coronavirus to a large extent inside your home. The chances of your being infected by covid-19 are reduced a lot. Many research papers have stated that the spread of coronavirus and its infection has been seen indoors mostly, The infection rate outdoors is low. 

Sunlight Kill Coronavirus on the surfaces and in the air:-

After ventilation, another important weapon is the sunlight. You might be amazed to know this, friends, that direct sunlight kills coronavirus. Not inside the human body but on the surfaces and in the air. When the direct sunlight falls on them. The scientists had previously assumed as such, but the latest research has proven that the intensity of killing coronavirus that direct sunlight has is 8 times as intense as was previously assumed. SO OPEN THE DOORS AND WINDOWS AND LET SUNLIGHT COME IN. Let it falls on your furniture and the floor and kill the germs and viruses. 

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#indoor air pollution  Date:-24/04/2021 By Akash Pradhan Blogger

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