We’re delighted to report that we have a guest blogger. After reading our commentary Jackie contacted us and asked to add some intelligence to the indoor air quality discussion. Please see below for more detail. Thanks Jackie!
Many people reading this may find it a little difficult to believe, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency the air inside our homes is generally between two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Considering that most people in the U.S. spend around 90% of their time indoors, air pollution within our homes is something that we all need to take seriously.
The good news is that indoor air pollution can be reduced by installing the right kind of wool insulation. As well as minimizing noise pollution and reducing the risk of a spreading fire, wool's inherent characteristics allow it to actually remove harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide, from the air.
Aside from wool insulation, what other things can you do to reduce the amount of air pollution produced in your home? Any of the following can help:
- 1. Install better venting around combustible appliances.
- 2. Avoid storing chemicals, solvents, cleaners, gasoline or pesticides indoors.
- 3. Reduce the use of combustibles, including cigarettes, indoor grills and candles.
- 4. Open the windows when cleaning.
- 5. Let the bathroom fan run for 45 minutes after a shower.
- 6. Clean your HVAC system, equipment and ductwork on a regular basis.
Read this guide for a full breakdown on the possible dangers of indoor air pollution and how to combat it.
"Now working as a writer, Jackie started her working life in Environmental Health at local government level, but after becoming a mom refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. When she's not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after"