Indoor pollution: how clean is the air in your home?

According to data from the European Lung Foundation, more than 900 different compounds go through the air that flies over our heads in our homes, jobs and buildings.

We do everything we can to keep our house clean, but we may not be taking the right steps to keep polluting agents away.

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The risk

Maybe it does not seem so at first, but elements such as mold, fungi, pollen, tobacco smoke, household cleaners, detergent, paint, gases such as carbon monoxide or even dust mites. cause more deaths per year than the pollution of cities: 4.3 million people versus 3.7 million, according to data from the World Health Organization.

According to this report, "the majority die from cerebrovascular accidents (34%), ischemic heart disease (26%) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (22%)." "Pneumonia and lung cancer represent 12% and 6% of deaths, respectively", says the organization in the statement.

The population at greatest risk is composed of those people who are asthmatic and those who are younger or older.

¿What to do?

Control the quality of the interiors and the implementation of measures that ensure that the air we breathe is healthy is a necessity. For this, our allies are ventilation, filtration and air purification systems, using sustainable materials. Additionally, we must also control humidity and air temperature, which can aggravate its effects.

Here you can find some natural solutions to clean your entire home.


National Geogrpahic