Indoor air quality has become a major public health issue, with potentially serious consequences for our health. Beyond the visible aspect of outdoor pollution, indoor air pollution represents an invisible challenge that deserves special attention. This problem has serious consequences, with 3.2 million premature deaths a year attributable to this pollution.

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Published on 8 April 2024

The different ways to combat indoor air pollution

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Indoor air pollution

Spending nearly 80% of our time in enclosed spaces, it’s imperative to understand the impact of indoor air pollution on our health. Problems such as cancer, poisoning and respiratory disorders are very real risks. Air pollution is a risk factor. According to the WHO, it ranks as the fourth leading risk factor for mortality worldwide. Surprisingly, indoor air pollution can be up to seven times higher than outdoor air pollution.

The main sources of pollution

The first step in countering this problem is to identify common sources of pollution. The main culprits include smoking and cleaning products. Candles, incense and even outdoor traffic also contribute to indoor pollution. Prevention is therefore crucial.

The right gestures to adopt

Daily gestures to adopt :

Regular airing: Air rooms every day for 15 to 20 minutes. Give priority to times when there is less outside pollution, such as in the morning. This renews indoor air and eliminates accumulated pollutants.

Ventilation maintenance: Make sure your mechanical ventilation is working properly by regularly cleaning the filters.

Household products: Opt for natural alternatives such as white vinegar or Marseille soap when cleaning.

Avoid aerosols and products containing chemicals potentially harmful to health.

Check for carbon monoxide: Have your boiler and all combustion appliances regularly serviced to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide, an invisible and dangerous gas.

Install an Air Quality Sensor: For continuous monitoring, install indoor air quality sensors to detect potential problems.

Informed choice when purchasing :

A+ Labeling: When purchasing construction or decoration products, give preference to those bearing the A+ label indicating a low level of pollutant emissions.

Pay attention to pictograms: Find out how dangerous products are by checking their pictograms. Avoid using scented candles or incense, which can release harmful substances.