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Air pollution: the real danger inside and outside

Update: 2019-11-06 16:54 Source: LUFTMY

Urban air pollution is nothing new. You can see it, smell it, and often feel it.

Common sources:

·Emissions from industrial and coal-fired power plants

·Exhaust of internal combustion engine

·Waste gas from wood burning furnaces and fireplaces

All of this increases the amount of particles, pollutants and allergens in the air.

When the outdoor air is bad, we often stay indoors. You may be surprised that the air in your living room may be dirtier than the air near the city streets. In addition to the external, you need to deal with the following internally:

·Gases that people breathe in confined spaces; burns organic compounds for cooking and heating

·Plywood and plywood products, wall insulation, some new furniture using formaldehyde, glue and other adhesive products

·Paints and varnishes; cleaning and disinfection of products and cosmetics using volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Imagine a new painted house, decorated new furniture, or a workplace with a strong smell of cleaning products. The air quality of our homes, workplaces or other public places varies greatly, depending on the construction, the materials to be cleaned, the purpose of the room and how it is used and ventilated.

The decline of indoor air quality is especially dangerous for children, the elderly and patients with immune system damage or respiratory diseases. In fact, air with high levels of particulate matter can cause asthma and inflammation of the eyes, nose and throat, coughing, heart disease and other health-related problems.

Small particles the size of the hair can penetrate the lungs, leading to long-term disease. In other words, particulate matter does not have to be large to cause great harm to health.

Here are some common sense ways to help keep indoor air clean:

·Maintain good maintenance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, clean or replace air filter.

·Control humidity with proper ventilation, dehumidifier, or open windows.

·Keep the laundry area clean, dry and well ventilated.

·Often dust, with wet cloth dust.

·Spend more time outdoors.

·If you smoke, quit.

·Ventilate the fireplace safely to eliminate contaminants - or not to make a fire.

·Store, ventilate or replace toxic chemicals safely.

·Use a non-toxic detergent containing vinegar, baking soda or orange juice.

·Paints, varnishes and cleaning products using non-volatile organic compounds.

·Make sure your garage is well ventilated and the air doesn't mix with the house.

·Use an exhaust fan when cooking.

It's a good idea to keep monitoring the air around you. When you know the problem, you can do something. Air quality monitors come in all shapes and sizes. Many are portable, so even in public places, you can know what's in the air around you. If you can't do anything directly, you can at least go somewhere else.

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