Top Tips For The Best Indoor Air Quality
People spend up to 90% of their lives indoors and 60% of that time at home so it’s important to make sure that our indoor air quality is as good as it can be to prevent respiratory and other healthcare problems.
Indoor air pollutants come from many sources, including:
- Building materials (including fittings and flooring)
- Furniture and furnishing
- Biological sources, including mould, house dust mites, bacteria, pests and pet dander
- Consumer products, including household and personal care products
- Activities such as cooking and smoking
Here’s our Top Tips for improving indoor air quality
Planning Your Extension
- Position windows where they are accessible and can be opened safely. Where possible, ensure windows that open face away from sources of outdoor air pollution, such as busy roads
- Make sure that you plan adequate ventilation for cookers (especially gas cookers) and bathrooms and that the fans vent outside of the building
Building Your Extension
- Choose low-emission building materials, furniture, paints etc (products with a low volatile organic compound [VOC] that only emit a low level of formaldehyde)
- Choose wood or tiled floors instead of carpets as they are easier to keep clean
- Vacuum or mop floors regularly to get rid of dust, pollen and pet hair
- Choose fragrance-free cleaning products or try natural alternatives
- Keep houseplants to help remove indoor air pollutants (See The Top 10 Plants for Removing Indoor Toxins for more information)
- Encourage people not to smoke in the home
- Get regular checks on your boiler and gas cooker, to make sure that they aren’t leaking
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