In winter, people tend to ventilate less, which results in a poor indoor air quality. This can result in, among other things, headache complaints, dry eyes and getting sick. But how can you improve indoor air quality?
- Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate
Thoroughly ventilating the room is something that is hardly ever done in the winter. After all, it is cold outside and warm inside. However, thorough ventilation greatly improves the air quality. By letting outside air in, oxygen levels increase, as well as the relative humidity levels and the CO2 level is reduced.
- Switch on the exhaust during cooking
Cooking and especially the baking and roasting of fatty meat ensures high levels of particulate matter. If this is not extracted by the exhaust and there is no additional ventilation, this particulate matter will remain in the house for hours. The kitchen is often next to the living room, the place where people are present for hours after dinner. Residents are therefore fully exposed to these high particulate matter levels. It is therefore advisable to switch on the exhaust during and after cooking and to provide additional ventilation by opening windows and / or kitchen doors (for a short time).
- Minimalize the use of the fireplace
Fireplaces not only emit high particulate matter concentrations outdoors. In the home itself where the fireplace is being used, the particulate matter concentration will rise sharply as well. To keep the particulate matter concentration as low as possible, it is advisable to leave the fireplace off. Your neighbours will benefit from this and your own health as well.
- Avoid burning candles and incense
Candles and particularly incense, produce a lot of particulate matter during use. If you use scented candles, high volatile organic compounds (VOC) concentrations are also produced. All this has a negative impact on your health. Minimizing to excluding the use of these products is certainly recommended in the winter, given the low ventilation.
- Do not use air fresheners
Air fresheners are a big source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The higher the VOC concentration, the more airway problems they can produce. The use of air fresheners should therefore be minimized or excluded.
- Vacuum regularly and then ventilate
Due to low ventilation, the dust concentration in the home will increase. Viruses and bacteria attach easily to dust particles, which in turn can be inhaled more easily. Regular vacuuming of the home is recommended in the winter. In turn, particulates are also emitted by the vacuum cleaner, because some particles are so small that they pass through the filter of the vacuum cleaner. It is therefore advisable to ventilate the house after vacuuming.
- Apply air purification
By implementing air purification in the home, particles such as viruses, bacteria and particulate matter are permanently removed from the air. Hereby, you breathe in purified and clean air. View our products for more information.