HEALTHY HOME How to get cleaner air indoors
Being indoors for winter may feel safe and cosy, but the air in our homes may not be as healthy as we think. According to Indoor Air Quality UK (iaquk.org.uk), pollution levels are often higher inside the home than outside.
Heating, cooking, mould, open fires, woodburners and candles, high VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in paints, chipboard furniture, carpets, sofas and even cleaning products, can have a detrimental effect on air quality. But there are plenty of ways to freshen it up. Check bathroom and kitchen extractor fans regularly to make sure they’re working and that filters are clean. If your windows have trickle vents, open them, or keep windows on the latch where it’s safe to do so to help keep condensation to a minimum.
Invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter to get rid of toxins, as well as pick up pollen, pet hair and dust mites. A simple door mat will reduce the amount of dirt, pesticides and other pollutants getting into your home.
If you live near a busy road, keep windows shut at the high-risk times, such as the morning rush hour. Visit airqualityengland.co.uk for real-time air quality information.