Closed doors and windows might not be the best way to live. Everything you see and touch has the potential to help build the air pollution levels indoors. Ventilation systems (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, ceiling fans) are a good place for fungi and dust to field armies and spread throughout the room. Surfaces with stains and dust follow the same path while aerosols contribute to the increasing toxicity in the air. Unclean upholstery gives out particulate pollutants and toxic fumes. The threat is real. Unless we’re pumpkins.
Threat is real for whom?
For all of us. For children, pregnant women, newborns, senior citizens, medical patients and even healthy adults. Key symptoms vary from allergies, skin infections, respiratory issues to kidney infections and heart ailments. Indoor pollution has been to known to play a key factor in still births and demise of newborns.
Don’t ACs purify our air?
While we would like to believe that, they don’t. Most air conditioners do not have more than two filters which are not enough to purify the air. All they do is cycle the same toxic air back and forth thus adding to the woes. This helps infections, pollutants and toxins spread way faster than they normally would.
How do we fight back?
- Ensure regular servicing of all ventilation systems.
- Ensure regular cleaning of all upholstery and soft toys.
- Surface coating might prove useful for upholstery and untreated wood.
- Ensure deep cleaning of your residence every quarter at least.
- Keep all surfaces, corners and crevices clean to avoid buildup of dust and fungus.