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Improving Indoor air quality.

  • Kaiyum 

How do I improve the air in my home?

In the very subconscious mind, we often think that outdoor air pollution can impact our health. Outside weather, the ground, waterways come first into our mind when we think about pollution. But indoor air pollution causes severe and significant health hazard. Indoor air pollution level is two to five time – sometimes hundred times higher. A survey shown that most people spend almost 90% of their time indoors.

Airborne Transmission of Diseases: There are many types of diseases that gets transmitted by air. This article of healthline.com  gives a better understanding of airborne diseases. Maintaining a good air environment by ensuring proper ventilation system can lower the transmission of airborne diseases. The killer Covid-19 also transmits by air according to Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.

But for any misconception, I would like to share this news as well published by Washington Post very recently that CDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong.

However, it’s proven that airborne diseases are very dangerous and can be avoided by improving air quality. Window Screen and screen doors are the best things to maintain the indoor air quality.

To improve the quality of indoor air we must undergo some necessary processes. Let’s begin..

Managing indoor airborne pollutants

Stop smoking indoors and force others as well. Nothing should be explained why this is so important. Don’t try to eliminate odors by spraying air freshener. It creates a silent chemical explosion in your home. Clean your floor regularly because all the dust settles on the floor, in addition vacuuming carpets and keeping floor mats outside of home helps controlling indoor air pollution.

Cross Ventilation

Cross ventilation is very important to keep indoor air healthy and fresh. It helps bring cool air in while pushing the stale, stagnant and hot air out of the home. It’s easier to have cross ventilation in a double window room but for single window room you can open the door of that room as well as other doors and window throughout the house, this works same as two window room ventilation.

Here are some tips for indoor cross ventilation:

  • Identify the prevailing wind direction in your area. This is the direction that the wind blows most often.
  • Open windows and doors on the windward and leeward sides of your home.
  • If possible, open windows and doors on all four sides of your home to create a cross breeze.
  • Remove any obstructions from the path of the airflow, such as furniture or curtains.
  • Use fans to help circulate the air.

Here are some examples of indoor cross ventilation:

  • Open a window in the living room on the windward side of the house and a window in the kitchen on the leeward side of the house.
  • Open a window in the bedroom on the north side of the house and a window in the bathroom on the south side of the house.
  • Open a door in the living room and a door in the hallway to create a cross breeze.
  • Open a window in the attic and a window in the basement to create airflow through the entire house.

Indoor cross ventilation is a simple and effective way to improve indoor air quality and reduce your energy costs.

Install A Screen Door

A home gives us shelter and creates a comfortable environment where our family can relax and live in peace. It makes us feel separate from the chaos of outside world. But air in our home comes directly from outside which brings all the pollutants and allergens. This causes a severe health hazard, especially allergies and asthma to the younger members and the elderly of the family. Screens on Windows and doors help keep outdoor air pollution out and help improve indoor air quality. Adding a screen door lets us enjoy the fresh and cool air without worrying about dust and pollutants in the outdoor air.

Allergens are tiny particles that can trigger allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to them. Common allergens include pollen, dust, mold, and pet dander. Allergens can enter your home through open windows and doors, but a screen door can help keep them out.

Here are some ways a screen door helps prevent allergens:

  • Keeps pollen out. Pollen is a major cause of seasonal allergies. It is produced by plants and can be carried by the wind. When pollen enters your home, it can settle on surfaces and cause allergic reactions. A screen door can help keep pollen out of your home, especially if you choose a screen with a fine mesh.
  • Keeps dust out. Dust is another common allergen. It can come from a variety of sources, including dirt, dust mites, and pet dander. Dust can settle on surfaces and in the air, and it can be easily inhaled. A screen door can help keep dust out of your home, especially if you have a pet that comes inside.
  • Keeps mold out. Mold is a fungus that can grow in damp and humid environments. Mold spores can be released into the air and cause allergic reactions. A screen door can help keep mold out of your home by preventing moisture from entering.
  • Keeps pet dander out. Pet dander is a common allergen for people who are allergic to animals. Pet dander is made up of dead skin cells and saliva from pets. It can settle on surfaces and in the air, and it can be easily inhaled. A screen door can help keep pet dander out of your home, especially if you have pets that spend time outdoors.

In addition to preventing allergens from entering your home, a screen door can also help improve indoor air quality. When you open your screen door, you allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home. This can help remove stale air and pollutants, and it can also help reduce the concentration of allergens in the air.

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