HOME   >   Useful Info   >   Medical Magazine

Useful Info

Print this page

Medical Magazine

[November 2019] Managing Indoor Air Quality
Date 11-19-2019 16:19 Hit483
Managing Indoor Air Quality

Clean air is crucial to respiratory health. People today, however, spend far more time in indoor spaces, such as their homes, rooms, and offices, rather than going out to wilderness to breathe in fresh air. It is therefore essential to manage the quality of indoor air. Here is how.

Ventilate when cooking.

Among non-smokers, women are 2.5 times more likely than men to get lung cancer. The leading cause is the vaporized pollutants to which women are exposed as they cook and do chores in indoor environments. Grilling food over stovetop is the way of cooking that generates the greatest quantities of particulates. Fish and red meat are especially dangerous when grilled.
We must ventilate when we cook. Turn on the over-the-stove fan and keep the windows of the kitchen open before turning on the stove. Because the air pollutants generated by the cooking and heating remain indoors even after cooking ends, make sure to ventilate for at least another 10 minutes. Grow plants indoors to absorb carbon monoxides and generate oxygen.

Beware indoor pollutants.

Building materials, including those used to finish the ceilings, walls, floors, and furniture indoors, emit pollutants and hazardous substances, such as radon and formaldehydes, all day long.
When purchasing these materials, fixtures, and furniture, go for eco-friendly choices. Don’t forget to ventilate every room every day. If possible, open the windows every hour or two to replace polluted indoor air with fresh outdoor air. We must ventilate every room at least twice a day, for 15 to 30 minutes on end. Experts recommend ventilating our homes and workplaces even on days when the outdoor particulate reading is high because indoor environments are so prone to air pollution.
The clothes and shoes people wear also bring particulates and other air pollutants from outside sources. When people gather indoors, make sure to ventilate.

Don’t forget humidity control.

Indoor humidity is also essential to respiratory health. When the indoor air gets dry, it dries up the mucus along our nasal passages and throats as well, making us susceptible to a host of respiratory infections. When the indoor environment is too humid, as a result of rain outside or excessive use of humidifiers, it may also become an ideal breeding ground for fungi that threaten our respiratory system.
The appropriate humidity level ranges between 40 percent and 50 percent for indoors. During dry seasons, grow plants indoors and place charcoal sticks and fishbowls. We can also use humidifiers. It is, however, important to replace the water for humidifiers every day and clean them frequently, making sure to dry the inside out. Otherwise, humidifiers can turn into another source of pollution.