HEALTHY HOME How to get cleaner air in­doors

House Beautiful (UK) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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