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Unhealthy Environment – Indoor

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A healthy environment whether be it your home, office or outside place plays an important role in long term growth and sustainable development. Yet avoidable environmental hazards are placing an unnecessary burden on the country’s productive workforce in terms of days lost due to sick leave, lower productivity, invalidity and early retirement. If a person is provided the right environment, he can perform much better and lead to useful life. It is pertinent to note that mostly the environmental issue are due to our negligence.  If we talk at the micro level, its mostly our own fault. The outdoor environment is not in immediate control and mostly dependent on the community factors and nature. In this is article lets concentrate on Indoor Environment that is very much can be handle with right actions.

Lets dive-in. You spend about 90% of your time indoors. At work, at school and at home, if you are like most people, you spend almost all of your time inside. The indoor air is more polluted than the outdoor air and breathing quality indoor air is critical for good health,  serious pollutants can cause certain types of cancers and other long-term health complications. Sources of indoor pollutants: 1) Inadequate ventilation 2) Tobacco smoke 3) Cooking and Heating or 4) Mold etc. there can be other sources such as building materials or household equipment’s etc.

Indoor pollutants can have gases like Carbon monoxide which is a colorless and odorless gas which is not easily detectable by human senses, and interferes with oxygen delivery throughout the body. Carbon monoxide causes headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea; and toxic amounts can lead to death. There is a clear link between the state of the environment and human health and well-being of the people.

To improve  indoor environment first and foremost thing is to ventilate the area well. This can be done through exhaust fans, windows etc, depending on the situation. Second thing is to eliminate the pollutant because even if your area is ventilated it does not mean that fresh air is coming in. It may that polluted air from outside is coming in. Remember airy place doesn’t means healthy place!

To eliminate that the pollutants, first control the airborne pollutants and for which some equipment such as air purifier can be installed. Please note that air cleaners aren’t all that effective in removing many indoor pollutants, especially gases, and they won’t clean up particles that have settled on surfaces—only those in the air but make sure if you are planning to buy a air purifier, its fitted with HEPA filter, because HEPA filter capture minute particles in the air approx PM 2.5 and by the way PM stands for ‘particulate matter’ and 2.5 refers to particles in the air that are 2.5 microns in diameter — about 1/30th the diameter of a human hair.

Some cheap solutions are also there such putting houseplants – they are natural and great ways to remove the toxins.

Some of the plants are listed below, which you can try depending on their availability in your area:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  • Areca palm
  • Reed palm
  • Golden PothosRubber Plants And Janet Craigs
  • Boston fern
  • Janet Craig dracaena
  • English ivy
  • Australian sword fern
  • Peace Lily
  • Weeping fig

Readers can also post comments if they have more ideas, because sharing things makes better community. Thanks for your time, attention and reading.


 

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