Are you careful to keep your little pollutants out of the environment, such as noxics or smoke emissions, but did you know that the air in your home can be up to 10 times more polluted than the one from the outside? Your child, as well as other family members, can inspire mold, mites, carbon monoxide, pesticides, asbestos, formadhyde or lead products daily.
All the modern elements of the home that bring us comfort come with a reverse of the medal: polluted agents dangerous to health, especially if we talk about direct exposure to them from an early age.
Find out what is the danger of indoor pollution and how you can reduce the risk of illness caused by a "bad" air to breathe!
What indoor pollutants threaten your health?
At home, where it's warm and well, there are dangers that few families are aware of. Indoor pollutants that threaten your health are, most commonly, molds, pollen, excessive moisture, cigarette smoke, care products with chemicals in composition, carbon monoxide and various building materials - formadhyde, asbestos, lead, etc.
Substances that pollute the air inside are diverse and, although you remember school chemistry, they are in many cases triggering respiratory or allergic disorders, especially for children:
- Fine particles resulting from combustion (smoke from burning tobacco, burning of oil to cooking, etc.);
- Carbon monoxide;
- Nitrogen and sulfur oxides;
- Arsenic and florins;
- Volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (furniture, finishes, cosmetics, etc.);
- Aldehydes and pesticides;
- Asbestos and lead;
- Biological pollutants (mold, igrasia, mites, dust);
How can the air in your house get sick
Believe it or not, the number of annual deaths worldwide due to indoor air pollution is colossal: 1.5 million people die each year from respiratory diseases caused by pollutants in confined spaces, according to the World Health Organization.
Although few families think about the severity of the potential effects of polluted air inside, data from studies conducted in this regard show that the reasons for concern are real:
- A study in Italy shows that exposure to indoor pollutants increases the risk of chronic bronchitis and asthma symptoms by 1.83 times.
- Another study on the effect of passive smoking on the lower respiratory tract in children (between the ages of 7 and 11 years) shows an increased risk of symptoms, both in winter and in summer;
- In adults, exposure to indoor pollutants increases the risk of lung cancer by 1.23 times, causes an increased risk of respiratory symptoms (wheezing, cough, dyspnoea) by 1.35-2.8 times and respiratory infections by 2.5 times;
Specifically, how can the air in your house make you sick? In the short term, exposure to indoor pollutants can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, as well as headaches, tiredness and dizziness. Of course, the extent to which they manifest depends on the sensitivity of each person: if a child suffers from an allergy or asthma, he will react extremely visibly to this stimulus.
At the same time, biological and chemical pollutants can produce a sensitivity developed over time, with the usual exposure to them. In the long term, the imminent installation of pulmonary, cardiovascular and even oncological disorders increases (yes, indoor pollutants can be risk factors for cancer!).
According to the estimates of the Romanian Pneumology Society, in Romania 1 case out of 15 of the respiratory problems in adults is determined by the internal pollution. Make sure your little one doesn't become part of this statistic too!
How to prevent the effects of indoor pollutants
Because it is hard to believe that you will be able to build a 100% ecological home, made of natural materials and free of products that are dangerous to your health, you can only try to improve the quality of the air your family breathes, especially your baby. increasing.
In addition to regularly cleaning, ventilating the rooms very well in the morning and evening and avoiding as much as possible the chemicals-filled products, you also have modern solutions, such as air purifiers and humidifiers. They keep the moisture level in the air at an optimal threshold (30% - 50%) and retain bacteria, dust, hair, allergens, bacteria and viruses in their special filters.
A practical solution is to purchase a combined system - purifier and humidifier, which will solve all problems related to indoor air quality.
The Philips Combi 2in1, for example, combines two innovative technologies: NanoCloud (maintains a comfortable and optimal level of humidity in the home, having an advanced evaporation system that adds water molecules in the air without bacteria or limestone) and VitaShield (a layered series) filter that effectively purifies 99.9% of bacteria, allergens and harmful gases).
Phillips Combi was created specifically to eliminate the risk of installing health problems caused by indoor pollutants, transforming the house into a safe and healthy environment at any time of the year. It purifies bacteria, harmful gases and allergens, with a smart sensor that helps keep the air clean and humidified automatically.
With the help of the technologies it was designed for, Phillips Combi filters 99.9% of the bacteria and allergens found in the air, while also setting the optimum level of moisture in the air.
And what more can you want than a clean, pure and healthy air for your child and the whole family?