Air pollution inside your home: something to think about.

Boom, Niel 08/25/2020

We spend an average of 80% of our time indoors. These numbers continue to rise as it gets colder outside. The problem with this lifestyle is mainly the poor air quality in our indoor environment. After all, indoor pollution concentrations are on average 2-5 times higher than outdoors. How is it possible?

Most people think that air pollution has nothing to do with the air outside. These people think that air pollution is only caused by cars, emissions from factories, etc. Outdoor air pollution also depends on meteorological influences: air pressure, wind, precipitation, etc. The weather influences the air pollution outside.

A number of factors can promote or counteract this pollution. For example, a lot of wind ensures that the polluting particles are blown away and the air is replaced by fresh air (at least air that comes from elsewhere) or rain washing some polluting particles from the air.

Sources of air pollution

What most people don’t realize is that the sources of air pollution are also indoors. There may not be cars or factories, but there are combustion processes: stoves, fireplaces, heating. In addition, the use of synthetic building materials is a major source of pollution such as plastics, insulation, carpet, etc. We don’t think about it, but all these materials each cause indoor pollution in their own way.

In addition, there are the harmful effects of furniture, personal care products, pesticides and… cleaning products. All of these products have a potentially negative effect on our health. Common complaints are irritation around the eyes, nose and throat. Headaches, dizziness, fatigue, trouble breathing, and even heart problems or cancer are possible consequences of poor indoor air quality.

Ventilation alone is not enough

The worst part is that where outdoor air pollution is always offset by weather factors, indoor air pollution is barely, if at all, countered. Polluting particles continue to circulate in our indoor environment. Traditional cleaning does not remove this form of pollution, quite the contrary. The concentration of pollution in the home has increased in recent years. Making our homes energy efficient means less ventilation in our indoor space.

If we want to make our indoor climate healthier, we will need to be more aware of the sources of indoor pollution. Only then can we think about possible solutions. Frequent ventilation is certainly an important step in the right direction. But it doesn’t stop there. The preventive elimination of this form of pollution by using bacteria in our indoor environment is an important second step.

“It might sound strange, but less particles in the air also means more and better clarity of the light inside for you. More light has a positive effect on the well-being of everyone in the house. “

Silent killers in the house

It might sound strange, but less particles in the air also means better clarity of the light for you. More light has a positive effect on the well-being of everyone in the house. According to Professor Rook, the good bacteria in our indoor environment also ensure a better balance for our immune system. If you want to know more about this thesis from Professor Rook, you can watch a TED talk with Professor Rook on our site. A better balance of our microbiome, both in our internal environment and on and in our body, ensures better mental health. You don’t have to believe us, but there is a plethora of scientific studies on the link between our microbiome and our well-being.

Your mental health will certainly improve if you know that you are cleaning in an eco-friendly way when you clean with BioOrg products. In fact, we’re not just green, we’re even making our planet greener and bringing life into the house, literally.

Sources: United States Environmental Protection Agency European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

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