We spend up to 90% of our time indoors and the air we breathe at home impacts on our health and the wellbeing of the whole family. A good indoor air quality is therefore a key element to a comfortable, healthy and safe home.
What studies say
Spending time outdoors is a privilege for the few. When we are not at home, we spend most of our time at school, at work, at the gym or in shops: indoor spaces where the quality of the air we breathe should be healthy and safe. However, it is not always so.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said air indoors can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoors. And air pollutants are not the only threat to the quality of our indoor spaces.
«A healthy indoor environment is one which combines proper indoor microclimate (temperature and humidity), acoustic comfort, low concentration of air pollutants and high-quality, intense lighting.» Martina Demattio, Engineer at Agenzia Casa Clima
Keeping air pollutants and humidity under control
The quality of the air we breathe, therefore, has a huge impact on sleep quality, concentration and wellbeing. Purifying your home’s air from irritants, for instance, may be of help. What are irritants? First of all, fine and ultrafine dust particles: even though they are produced mainly by outdoor pollution, they may be harmful if indoor air is not properly ventilated. Add to this Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs, released by furniture, paints, cosmetics and cleaners), pollen, mold and bacteria, all of which contribute to the worsening of allergic symptoms. In addition to that, the percentage of humidity in the air should be taken into careful consideration: it should be around 50-60% in order to prevent dryness and irritations as well as the proliferation of mold and bacteria.
Making your home comfortable is possible. Not much is needed for that: just a few small actions, simple and aware steps, and some help from high-quality air treatment products.
Good and healthy daily habits
While, on the one hand, reducing atmospheric pollution is not up to us alone, on the other, improving our indoor air quality certainly is. Indeed, taking simple daily actions can help reduce the emission of harmful substances from our own house. Some examples? Clean and air out your carpet as it’s the ideal environment for dust mites and bacteria. Don’t smoke indoors and limit the use of candles. For your housework, use microfiber cloths and natural products like white vinegar and soap flakes. Wash the aircon filters on a regular basis. Air out the dry cleaning before putting it back in the closet.