Tips for indoor air quality

On Clean Air Day (8th October), Sussex-based Vent-Axia is offering seven simple tips to help tackle indoor air pollution. 

Clean Air Day is led by environmental charity Global Action Plan and aims to improve public understanding of air pollution, build awareness of how air pollution affects our health and explain the easy actions we can all take to tackle air pollution, helping protect the environment and our health. 

This year Vent-Axia is offering advice on how to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), particularly as the pandemic is keeping people indoors more often. 

COVID-19 has also highlighted the importance of ventilation and the air we breathe. With the average adult taking 23,000 breaths a day, it is vital to reduce indoor air pollution. Vent-Axia is therefore offering 7 simple tips accompanied by infographics to help tackle indoor air pollution and improve indoor air quality in the home:

  1. Don’t forget to ventilate
  2. Avoid spraying aerosols
  3. Use a cooker hood
  4. Use unscented candles
  5. Clean fan filters
  6. Vacuum regularly
  7. Ventilate effectively

“We are pleased to support Clean Air Day as it continues to raise awareness of the importance of clean air. With Public Health England attributing between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year from long-term exposure to air pollution, it is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK,” explains Jenny Smith, Head of Marketing at Vent-Axia. “Our simple tips will help improve air quality in the home and help ventilation run more efficiently. At Vent-Axia we are committed to improving indoor air quality and sharing our knowledge of how ventilation can help protect public health.”

To find out more about Clean Air Day visit www.cleanairday.org.uk/. For up-to-date ventilation guidance and further simple tips to tackle indoor air pollution visit: www.vent-axia.com/healthyhomes. 

Seven Simple Tips for Clean Air Day

  1. Don’t forget to ventilate: This will help improve indoor air quality, make you feel more awake and work better if you are working at home.
  2. Reduce the use of aerosols and use eco-friendly cleaning products: Un-perfumed products with lower VOCs (volatile organic compounds) produce fewer pollutants, making the air in your home healthier to breathe in.
  3. Use a cooker hood: Whenever you’re cooking, turn on your cooker hood to remove pollution particulates released by cooking. It’s a good idea to use the cooker hood when cleaning your kitchen too.
  4. Use non-scented candles: Burning candles significantly decreases IAQ, if you like to have a candle lit, unscented versions release fewer pollutants.
  5. Clean the filters: If your ventilation system uses filters, check them regularly and clean or replace them when needed to ensure the system keeps filtering the air coming into your home effectively.
  6. Vacuum regularly: Keep on top of dust mites and other sources of allergies by regularly vacuuming your home.
  7. Ventilate effectively: Use mechanical ventilation if you can to remove polluted or humid air from your home, particularly when cooking, cleaning or taking a shower.
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