A new virus has dawned on humanity, and self-isolation has become a norm. However, reducing your indoor air pollution has become more relevant than ever. Indoor air quality, after all, can impact your productivity, comfort, and health.
When you start to spend more time indoors, you get more indoor allergen exposure such as dust mites or pet dander. Besides, the last thing you want during self-isolation is to flare-up your allergies.
Now, what you can do is limit the pollutants in your surroundings, have more ventilation, and implement cleaning measures. So long as you take basic cautionary steps, you will be able to enjoy the comfort of your home.
If you ever worry the coronavirus got into your home and maybe floating around in your indoor air, an air purifier with a True HEPA filter is capable of filtering out the virus so that you and your loved ones don’t breathe it in and get sick. The HEPA filters inside our air purifiers are 95% effective at filtering out particulate matter 0.1 microns in size or larger, which is the approximate size of the virus.
Here are some practical ways to reduce indoor air pollution during self-isolation:
Avoid Smoking Indoors as Much as Possible
Ideally, it would be better if you never smoke indoors to restrict pollutants in your indoor surroundings. However, you can set up an enclosed space just for smoking. Remember, the inhalation of a pollutant PM2.5 can be harmful to anyone living with a smoker.
Maintain Indoor Humidity at the Right Level
You can keep an eye on your relative humidity during self-isolation. You must opt for levels from 30% to 50%. But relative humidity below 30% is not good for your eyes and can dry your skin. Conversely, a relative humidity over 50% can increase dust mite populations. But your last resort should be going over 60% humidity, which results in mold growth.
Don’t Overdo with Cooking
Cooking is a lot of fun, but a cloud of smoke from your frying pan produces airborne particles and VOCs. Now, it does not mean you should stop cooking delicious meals. Instead, counteract these airborne particles with an exhaust hood over your cooker. Simultaneously, make sure you change your filter regularly.
Air-tightness in a corporate workplace environment may be reasonable but not in a self-isolated home. Double glazed and proper insulation can make your home environment more energy efficient. The trick, however, is to achieve a ventilated balance.
Traditionally, improving ventilation is more than opening a window. Modern and sophisticated tech allows you to increase your ventilation through mechanical or heat recovery ventilation. As a result, you can get fresh air without losing heat and as well as save energy.
Vacuuming is not a complete cleaning solution. If you want to take care of your indoor air quality during the self-isolation period, you must have a multifaceted cleaning approach. Sure, frequent cleaning is always a valuable contribution.
That said, your primary cleaning approach should be to trace the source control. However, take necessary precautions before using any of the home cleaning products. Read the instructions carefully and ventilate the area when you use cleaning items.
What about Prevention?
Well, air conditioning and dehumidifiers can, in fact, halt mold from growing and even get rid of dust mites. And that is because these dust mites cannot survive a humidity that is below 35%. Concurrently, do not forget to wash your bedding.
Today, millions of people might be at more risk to COVID19 due to various allergies. And one of the primary components of cleaning during self-isolation includes the elimination of dust that might be in the air or present on different surfaces.
Consequently, it will also be advantageous to your other household individuals who may be suffering from a respiratory problem or asthma. Abide by these rules during self-isolation to reduce your indoor air pollution and improve your home’s air quality altogether.