Home discomforts: 6 household items that contribute to indoor air pollution
We spend a staggering 90 per cent of our lives indoors. So, given indoor air pollution can be up to five times worse than that you encounter outside¹, you’ll see how these invisible particles have the potential to become a big problem.
Sofas, flowers and even beloved pets can all contribute to allergen build-ups and indoor pollution.
Here, we take a look at the ways everyday household items can actually end up adding to the potentially harmful indoor airborne particles that are present in our homes
1. COOKING UP A STORM
You might think you’re being healthy as you cook your own food, but some gas stoves can emit nitrogen dioxide, a potentially harmful gas
2. HOW CLEAN IS YOUR HOUSE?
A spring clean can be good for the soul, but household cleaning products may contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
3. A WINDOW TO THE SOUL
Opening a window might seem like a good idea, but it can actually result in outdoor pollutants drifting into your home
4. FLOWER POWER
Flowers certainly look nice, but they release allergens into the air
5. HOWAY, PET
Dander from pets tends to stay in the air due to the fact it’s so light
6. SOFA SO BAD?
Some home furnishings emit the gaseous compound formaldehyde that may prove harmful
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